Lincolnshire based polymer recycling and compounding firm, Luxus, has been shortlisted for the Plastics Recycling Awards Europe, for its development of a high performance eco-positive polypropylene (PP) featured in the interior parts of the Nissan Micra K14.
The award will be announced on the 11th April 2019, during the second day of the Plastics Recycling Show Europe taking place at the RAI Amsterdam.
Developed with 50% recycled content, the company said that the PP compound is the result of a collaboration with its client, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi. The aim was to engineer an eco-positive material to help lower the environmental impact of the Nissan Micra K14 to help achieve zero landfill objectives, while still delivering outstanding properties.
To satisfy the auto manufacturer’s stringent material requirements, this highly engineered PP compound needed to be lightweight with improved characteristics such as greater fuel efficiencies, lower CO2 emissions and good impact resistance; while still delivering a high scratch-resistant surface finish.
Luxus added that this is just one example of how it is using thermoplastic innovation to achieve environmental goals and differentiation, as well as to deliver competitive advantage to global OEM’s as they make the transition from a linear to a circular economy.
“We are pleased that our entry for the automotive category has been shortlisted,” said Terry Burton, technical manager, Luxus, comments. “It recognises the advanced technical thermoplastics engineering that has enabled the development of a product where sustainability demands have been met without any sacrifice in physical property performance.”
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