The automotive industry is a very important area for PVC applications that promotes and supports the image of PVC. When used in automotive engineering, the material is particularly impressive thanks to its wide range of different applications and processing options, its made-to-measure product attributes and its excellent price-performance ratio. Nowadays, an average European car contains around 16 kilograms of PVC compound material, which can above all be found in car interiors, underbody protection, joint seals, door panels and cables. Against this background, the automotive magazine „Automobilwoche“ recently featured a report declaring that recycling is becoming increasingly important in the field of automotive engineering and using statements made by the car manufacturers BMW, Daimler and Opel to confirm this fact.
According to the article, around 25 percent of the thermoplastics used in the BMW i3 are made of different recycled materials. The manufacturer of the Opel Adam claims that 170 components in the vehicle use recycled plastics, while Daimler states that its current Mercedes S-Class contains a total weight of 49.7 kilograms of recycled products, 134 percent more than in the previous generation. The companies do not, however, reveal precisely which recycled materials are re-used in their vehicles or what quantities of these materials they use.