Technical knowledge based compounder 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 per cent recycled content, this 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.
Terry Burton, Technical Manager, Luxus, comments: “We are pleased that our entry for the automotive category has been shortlisted. 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.”
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.
This success is just one example of how Luxus thermoplastics innovation is helping achieve environmental goals and differentiation, to deliver competitive advantage to global OEM’s as they make the transition from a linear (make-take-dispose) to a circular economy.