In what is claimed to be an industry-first, Magna’s new EcoSphere product family eliminates the disposal of seating foam pads and trim covers in landfill by using mono-material polyethylene terephthalate (PET) with the company’s innovative 100% Melt Recyclable Foam and Trim system.
Comprising sustainable trim materials, trim padding, structures and foam, EcoSphere leverages Magna’s expertise in foam chemistry, trim manufacturing, craftsmanship and tooling to develop a seamless and affordable solution.
In addition, the technology ensures that the look and feel of the seating materials remain consistent with industry standards, while significantly reducing the environmental impact, according to the company.
“As a top priority for our stakeholders, we recognize the need for innovative solutions that minimize environmental impact,” said Carrie Young, chief engineer of seating innovation at Magna. “This unique product family enables our seating materials to be repurposed and reused in the creation of new polyester products, contributing to a circular economy approach. Our technology offers auto makers a game-changing opportunity to enhance sustainability without compromising on comfort, quality or performance.”
Magna EcoSphere Trim Foundation is an essential part of the 100% Melt Recyclable Foam and Trim technology and can be found in every seat produced. It is laminated to the back of trim materials to provide support and a crisp appearance. To source 100% recycled materials for EcoSphere Trim Foundation, Magna partnered with TWE Group, a multinational company that specializes in manufacturing technical textiles and nonwovens. TWE’s rePEaT solutions include products made from recycled and biodegradable fibers.
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