AudiHas successfully completed a pilot project to recycle mixed automotive plastic waste using the Chemical Recycling Act in collaboration with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany. Many automobile components, such as fuel tanks, airbag covers, and radiator grilles, are made of plastic.
Audi says plastic waste can be processed into pyrolysis oil, which could replace petroleum as a raw material for producing high-quality plastic parts for future Audi models. .. In addition, the process of recycling automotive plastic waste is technically feasible and can have environmental and economic benefits.
Recycling plastic waste helps automakers save fossil resources longer and reduce the procurement of additional fossil resources accordingly. The company is already planning a follow-up project with its partners and is developing a recycling process for industrial chemicals.
Plastic auto parts are exposed to high levels of stress because they must meet stringent safety, heat resistance and quality requirements. To date, they can only be manufactured from unused quality materials that are not normally achieved with mechanically recycled plastics. Therefore, the tests conducted by Audi aimed to determine the extent to which the mixed automotive plastic fraction could be fed back into a resource-friendly cycle by chemical recycling.
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Pilot tests have concluded that new components made from pyrolysis oil are of the same high quality as unused materials. Therefore, plastics made from pyrolysis oil can be reused in automobile manufacturing to produce plastic parts that are exposed to high levels of stress.
The new chemical recycling process allows Audi to continually increase the amount of recycled plastic in its models. “(We) want to use intelligent methods to aggressively shape the secondary raw material market,” said Philipp Eder, project manager for chemical recycling in Audi’s supply chain.
In addition, Audi’s sustainable manufacturing mission is highlighted by the cross-site environmental program Mission: Zero, which focuses on resource conservation, waste avoidance and closed recycling loops in production.
https://auto.hindustantimes.com/auto/news/audi-working-on-recycling-automotive-plastic-waste-producing-new-parts-from-it-41624251894612.html Audi is committed to recycling automotive plastic waste and manufacturing new parts from it