Posted in | Materials Science

New SABIC Recycled Material Adopted By Renault

Marking a new milestone in its distinguished 25-year relationship developing thermoplastic fenders with Renault S.A., SABIC’s Innovative Plastics business today announced that the French automaker has successfully adopted a new post-industrial recycled (PIR) grade of NORYL GTX™ resin as part of its ongoing drive to comply with the European Union’s end-of-life vehicle (ELV) requirements.

The OEM adopted the new SABIC material for the fenders of its 2013 Clio IV and will expand the resin’s use to the upcoming ZOE electric vehicle. The PIR grade meets quality and performance standards and further enhances the sustainability benefits of NORYL GTX resin for automotive fenders, which include a weight reduction and up to 47 percent lower greenhouse gas emissions over the lifecycle of the fender compared to steel. Renault’s success with this new PIR NORYL GTX resin grade demonstrates SABIC’s ongoing commitment to improve its materials technologies to advance customers’ environmental goals and respond to changing regulations.

Renault started its ICARRE 95 project in 2010 to review technical solutions to meet the requirements in Directive 2000/53/EC on the elimination of end-of-life vehicles. ICARRE, which stands for Innovative CAR REcycling +95%, is targeting a 95 percent recovery rate for ELV materials. Use of the PIR NORYL GTX grade is an important step to help Renault advance toward this target.

“Renault’s vision and innovation have played a leading role in the mainstream adoption of plastic fenders to achieve key automotive industry goals of enhanced sustainability and design freedom,” said Leon Jacobs, Automotive leader, Europe, Innovative Plastics. “The company’s use of NORYL GTX resin over 25 years has conclusively demonstrated that lightweight thermoplastic body panels made from the product are a viable, proven, production-capable solution. Now, with next-generation SABIC materials that use recycled body panels, Renault can continue to raise the bar in automotive innovation.”

To support Renault in the development of the new PIR fenders, SABIC provided a wide range of technical services, including defining and validating the molding conditions, using predictive tools to optimize the fender design and processes, testing application requirements such as impact and dimensional stability, and supporting production processes including online painting and assembly.

Proud Heritage, Promising Future of Advancements in Plastic Fenders

Renault has designed more vehicles with fenders molded from NORYL GTX resin than any other automaker. Models include the Twingo, Clio, Kangoo, Scenic, Megane, Laguna, Espace, Wind and Modus. The automaker began development of plastic fenders in 1985 and launched its first in 1989 on the Clio 16S.

Building on its recent success with PIR material, Renault is collaborating with SABIC to develop a closed loop system in which the OEM will harvest the thermoplastic material of fenders from end-of-life vehicles for the production of fenders for new cars. The aim is for Renault to use a post-consumer recycled grade of NORYL GTX resin, a material already in the validation stage, for select vehicles.

NORYL GTX resins are conductive blends of polyamide (PA) and modified polyphenylene ether (PPE).

For additional information on SABIC’s resins for automotive applications, please go to www.sabic-ip.com. For technical product inquiries, please contact us at www.sabic-ip.com/prtechinquiry.

Citations

Please use one of the following formats to cite this article in your essay, paper or report:

  • APA

    SABIC Innovative Plastics. (2019, February 09). New SABIC Recycled Material Adopted By Renault. AZoM. Retrieved on September 20, 2020 from https://www.azom.com/news.aspx?newsID=35364.

  • MLA

    SABIC Innovative Plastics. "New SABIC Recycled Material Adopted By Renault". AZoM. 20 September 2020. <https://www.azom.com/news.aspx?newsID=35364>.

  • Chicago

    SABIC Innovative Plastics. "New SABIC Recycled Material Adopted By Renault". AZoM. https://www.azom.com/news.aspx?newsID=35364. (accessed September 20, 2020).

  • Harvard

    SABIC Innovative Plastics. 2019. New SABIC Recycled Material Adopted By Renault. AZoM, viewed 20 September 2020, https://www.azom.com/news.aspx?newsID=35364.

Tell Us What You Think

Do you have a review, update or anything you would like to add to this news story?

Leave your feedback
Submit