As Volvo Cars release the recycled plastics demonstrator XC60 vehicle, Bcomp’s natural fibre reinforcement technology powerRibs™ is combined with ocean plastic to form a novel composite material. This enables the use of ocean plastic in semi-structural automotive interior parts, and simultaneously cuts up to 50% weight compared to standard parts.
Ocean plastic, i.e. plastic waste in oceans e.g. plastic bags, fishing nets, is a major environmental hazard. However, the degraded properties of recycled ocean plastic only allow for very limited applications within the automotive industry, where it can be used to decrease the amount of primary plastics. Thanks to Bcomp’s powerRibs™ reinforcement technology, ocean plastic properties can be boosted using natural fibres not only to be used in a wide range of semi-structural interior parts, but simultaneously cutting up to 50% weight when compared to current standard engineering plastics.
A Volvo Cars spokesperson: “We’re very grateful for the support of Bcomp in the production of our recycled plastics demonstrator XC60 vehicle. As we start to deliver on our 2025 vision, sustainable material and technology like powerRibs™, will be essential in both replacing primary plastics and reducing weight at the same time.”
Dr Per Mårtensson, CSO Bcomp: “We are excited to collaborate with Volvo Cars to enable the upcycling of ocean plastic through the use of high tech, renewable powerRibs™. The project is closely aligned with our vision to provide high performance, sustainable solutions for lightweighting.”
Volvo Cars’ press release & images can be found here.