- Enhanced consumer awareness and legislation are pushing OEMs and processors to improve sustainability, hence a growing demand for solutions with lower environmental footprint - claims Peter Browning, General Manager of Solvay’s Engineering Plastics Business Unit. - However, the variable performance of recycled materials prevented our customers from using them in the most demanding applications. With Technyl 4earth, allying eco-design and high performance is now a reality!
Such pioneering innovation is born from the Move 4earth project supported by the European Commission (LIFE+ program) and recently awarded the Pierre Potier Prize for sustainable and eco-responsible developments. Industrialized in Poland, this patented process transforms stable sources of post-industrial or end-of-life technical textiles, such as automotive airbags, into prime quality engineering plastics. This unique technology offers novel eco-friendly products with similar performance when compared to our traditional Technyl.
- Technyl 4earth significantly reduces the environmental impact of polyamide parts to a level that has never been reached before -adds Richard Bourdon, Move 4earth Project Director. “Solvay’s initial cradle-to-gate assessment shows outstanding results: carbon footprint reduced by a quarter; consumption of non-renewable resources divided by two; and water use decreased by over two-thirds compared to traditional compounds!”
Officially launched at K2016 in Düsseldorf, Solvay is already developing a number of applications using Technyl 4earth with major players in automotive and consumer goods markets.
Solvay also supports customers with a complete array of technical services designed to speed the time to market of new applications, from advanced material characterization to application validation. This offering includes 3D printing of PA6-based functional prototypes in Sinterline PA6 powders, predictive simulation with MMI Technyl Design as well as part testing at fully equipped APT Technyl Validation centers.
During K 2016 (Oct. 19-26), Solvay will showcase Technyl 4earth materials and pilot applications in Hall 6, Booth C61.