Meeting forthcoming vehicle end-of-life targets in Europe is crucial to OEMs, and with the rules tightening in 2015, suppliers are a key part of meeting requirements. Efficient recycling of nonmetallic parts will be necessary, and JSP, which produces and develops ARPRO expanded polypropylene, commissioned an independent life-cycle assessment to confirm the material’s performance within the ELV framework.
The report calculated the environmental impact of producing a complete seat core through its life cycle, with the final end-of-life environmental impact being significant relative to other life-cycle stages, including disposal. JSP said that it confirmed that as a 100% recyclable material, ARPRO would indeed be helpful.
"After conducting a cradle-to-grave analysis, we can demonstrate that ARPRO delivers a quantifiable and significant environmental benefit in use," stated Paul Compton, the company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Europe.
In 2015, re-use and recovery targets will increase from 85% to 95% by weight of vehicle.
ARPRO can replace combinations of traditional component materials to become a mono-material component, such as the seats used as a basis for the life-cycle report.
The end-of-life regulation was introduced in 2005 with the emphasis on producers taking increasing responsibility for their products when they become waste and ensuring that vehicles are designed for efficient and effective recycling.
Added Compton: "The report illustrated how an ARPRO mono-material seat base can save weight and ease ‘sortation’ at the end of the product’s life."