Axion Polymers has added Axpoly PP51, derived from end-of-life vehicles (ELV), to its range of 100% recycled polymer materials after months of detailed research and significant investment.
The Salford-based recycling specialist claims its new high performance grade of black polypropylene (PP) has great potential for closed-loop applications in new automotive-related products and is inviting inquiries from customers interested in pursuing further market testing.
Axion Polymers Director Keith Freegard said: “We believe Axpoly PP 51 offers manufacturers tremendous opportunities for more sustainable vehicle components in successfully replacing virgin resin. PP is an ideal compound for car parts manufacture as it has a good balance of strength and impact resistance as well as high and low temperature resistance.
“This polymer will appeal to ‘greener' customers as it offers at least 80% savings in CO2 impact, while helping to reduce manufacturers' carbon footprints,” he added.
Axpoly PP51 is made from automotive shredder residue recovered from ELV at Axion's multi-million pound waste shredder plant.
Extracted from bits of bumpers, air vents and various under-body components, the material undergoes a cleaning process prior to final compounding and injection moulding-grade pellet production. Bespoke grades tailored to customers' specifications can also be supplied.
“The European End of Life Vehicles (ELV) Directive aims to reduce the amount of waste produced from vehicles when they are scrapped. Since 2006, the UK and all other EU member states have been expected to reach a national recycling, reuse and recovery target of 85%, rising to 95% in 2015,” Freegard said.