Interiors specialist Grupo Antolin has created a headliner substrate by thermoforming a PU foam with materials made from end-of-life tires, and urban and post-consumer plastic waste.
The headliner part looks like a standard product and performs the same way. This has been possible thanks to a material manufacturing process developed by BASF (by way of chemical recycling), which Grupo Antolin has now validated and introduced in a fully electric European premium car just launched to the market. Approximately 50% of the headliner is recycled.
“We are going one step further by deploying the strategy among our clients worldwide. Our next project featuring recycled core PU foam will be unveiled in 2022 and will be manufactured using renewable electricity,” said Javier Blanco, Grupo Antolin’s sustainability director.
“Our commitment is to reduce the generation of waste and emissions in all our production processes. These types of solutions are an example of the company’s technological commitment to help its customers to develop more sustainable vehicles by reducing waste, weight and emissions.”