Grupo Antolin unveils car headliner substrate made from used tires and plastic waste

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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.”

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Matt joined UKi Media & Events in 2014 after seven years of living and working in Dubai. He has been a journalist for over 15 years and has worked for a wide range of publications, including Rolling Stone, Time Out, iQ, Wired, Kipp Report and Loaded. After starting out on the automotive team as deputy editor of Engine Technology International, Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology International and Transmissions Technology International, he has been an editor since 2015, and began editing Tire Technology International in 2018. In 2020, he was appointed editor-in-chief of Tire, Electric & Hybrid Marine Technology International and Wheel Technology International. He is also the chairman of the Tire Technology International Awards for Innovation & Excellence

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