Continental has announced it has entered into an agreement with Inovyn to use Inovyn’s Biovyn, a bio-attributed PVC, to produce the technical and decorative surface materials it supplies to its automotive customers. The agreement will help Continental to reduce its carbon footprint and meet customer demand for sustainable bio-based products.
Biovyn, which is certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), is a ‘drop-in’ product that is made from a 100% renewable raw material, thereby reducing dependency on fossil-based feedstocks. According to Inovyn, the production of Biovyn results in a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by over 70% compared to conventional PVC production methods.
“Major automotive manufacturers are now demanding more sustainable raw materials such as biobased polymers,” said Dr. Dirk Leiß, who leads Continental's Surface Solutions business area. “With the fully bio-attributed PVC material, we meet these customers' demand, contribute to more sustainability and drive innovation of products at the same time.”
Inovyn is the the first commercial producer of bio-attributed PVC, and, said Inna Jeschke, Business Unit Manager Polymers, has received considerable attention from all industries.
“We look forward to working together with Continental on innovative solutions for a sustainable future.”