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Borealis Daplen PP compound grades composed of PCR and virgin content were used in applications and parts for a specially-built hybrid SUV by Volvo.
Borealis Daplen PP compound grades composed of PCR and virgin content were used in applications and parts for a specially-built hybrid SUV by Volvo.

Borealis Daplen polypropylene (PP) compound grades composed of post-consumer recycled (PCR) and virgin content were used in applications and parts for a specially-built hybrid SUV recently unveiled by leading car maker Volvo at the “Ocean Summit” event in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The car highlights their ambition to ensure that at least 25% of the plastics in newly launched Volvo Cars will be made from sustainable material.

As a key supplier to Volvo Cars, Borealis was among those providing PCR-based solutions for a specially-built Volvo XC60 T8 plug-in hybrid SUV. Borealis supplied nearly 10% of the 60 kg of PCR-material used for this demonstrator model.

While the model may look like the one currently on the market, it is in fact different: over 170 components usually made of conventional plastics have now been replaced with light- weight, recycled material equivalents.

Two Borealis Daplen grades with PCR content are in use to produce five different parts:

  • Borealis Daplen™ MD325SY with 25% PCR, for a UTB application (outer fan belt cover);
  • Borealis Daplen™ ME225SY with 25% PCR, for interior and exterior applications (belt cover on left/right-hand side, D-pillar upper, tailgate panel window frame, lid warning triangle).

We are eager to find new opportunities to put our expertise to use and collaborate with OEMs like Volvo Cars. We deliver high-end grades that make vehicles as safe and high-performance as ever, yet these grades are more environmentally sustainable because they contain PCR,” explained Maria Ciliberti, Borealis Vice President Marketing and New Business Development, Polyolefins.

“It is gratifying to see that momentum is building throughout the industry towards a more circular economy. Borealis Daplen PCR grades are a prime example of how we are using Value Creation through Innovation to make plastics more circular.”

Developed in Europe, the PCR Daplen grade portfolio was launched to fulfil industry demand for safe, readily available, and high-quality reclaimed materials with a lower environmental impact. Crucially, the performance and cost efficiency of PCR grades can be equal to that of virgin materials and PCR Daplen grades have the potential for use in a variety of interior, exterior, and under-the-bonnet (UTB) applications.

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