Volvo Trucks is using plastic compound recycled from water bottles for the brackets of the side air deflection system for all seven models in its 2012 VN platform.
The compound is SABIC’s Valox iQ resin, which may contain up to 60% PCR (post-consumer recyclate) content and can help reduce the resin’s carbon footprint by as much as 49% compared to virgin PBT resins.
SABIC says that Valox iQ resins are “up-cycled” to deliver comparable or better performance than conventionally manufactured materials. As a result, SABIC says the compound has excellent resistance to impact, chemicals and stress fatigue.
“Improving efficiency and meeting the rising demands for environmental accountability are a significant focus for truck OEMs across the world,” says V. Umamaheswaran (UV), marketing director, Innovative Plastics.
Additional SABIC compounds used in Volvo VN trucks include lightweight Noryl GTX resin for the fenders, Cycoloy resin for the grille and clear Lexan resin for forward lighting.