Avient’s New Recycled TPE Grades Support Greater Use of Recycled Materials in Automotive Vehicles

June 19, 2024
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Avient Corporation’s new reSound™ REC AF 7210 TPE grades are suitable for use in interior automotive applications such as phone charging and cup holder mats, HVAC flaps, and pedal covers.  

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LUXEMBOURG – June 19, 2024 – Avient Corporation, a premier provider of specialized and sustainable materials solutions and services, today announced the extension of its reSound™ REC Recycled Content Thermoplastic Elastomers (TPEs) portfolio with new AF 7210 grades specifically developed for automotive interior applications such as mats, grips, and console trays. This supports new targets proposed by the European Commission as part of the End-of-Life Vehicles (ELV) Directive.  

It is estimated that over 80% of the plastic parts used in automotive applications end up in landfills or incinerators* after reaching end-of-life. To address this issue, part of the ELV Directive stipulates that a minimum of 25% of the plastics used in vehicles sold in 2030 must be sourced from post-consumer recycled (PCR) materials. Of that, 25% must be from circular or closed-loop streams within the automotive industry.  

Overall, the new reSound REC AF 7210 TPE grades from Avient contain 51-59% recycled content, with a minimum of 37% from PCR sources, including closed-loop feedstock. They provide comparable performance to 100% virgin equivalents and meet various OEM specifications. They offer an 8-18% reduction in product carbon footprint1 (PCF) compared to virgin TPE grades.  

“Using recycled and more sustainable materials has long been a focus in the automotive industry. The introduction of new proposals such as the ELV Directive puts additional pressure on OEMs and automotive tier-one suppliers to deliver on incorporating more recycled content,” said Matt Mitchell, Director, Global Marketing of Specialty Engineered Materials at Avient. “With a minimum of 37% post-consumer recycled content, the new reSound REC AF 7210 TPE grades offer over the minimum 25% recycled content required by the directive, helping customers towards compliance.”    

The new reSound REC AF 7210 TPE grades are available in hardnesses ranging from 43 - 90 Shore A and can be used for overmolding onto polypropylene (PP) substrates. They have good UV stability and meet standards for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and fogging, making them acceptable for use in interior automotive applications.  

*Source: EuRIC applauds Commission for including a post-consumer recycled content target of 25% for plastics in new cars - EuRIC 

¹Product Carbon Footprint values are calculated with Avient’s third-party certified PCF Calculator by TÜV Rheinland according to ISO 14067.  

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Avient Corporation provides specialized and sustainable materials solutions that transform customer challenges into opportunities, bringing new products to life for a better world.

Examples include:

  • Dyneema®, the world’s strongest fiber™, enables unmatched levels of performance and protection for end-use applications, including ballistic personal protection, marine and sustainable infrastructure and outdoor sports
  • Unique technologies that improve the recyclability of products and enable recycled content to be incorporated, thus advancing a more circular economy
  • Light-weighting solutions that replace heavier traditional materials like metal, glass and wood, which can improve fuel efficiency in all modes of transportation and reduce carbon footprint
  • Sustainable infrastructure solutions that increase energy efficiency, renewable energy, natural resource conservation and fiber optic / 5G network accessibility      

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