Ocean plastic, i.e. plastic waste in oceans e.g. plastic bags, fishing nets, is a major environmental hazard. However, the degraded properties of recycled ocean plastic only allow for very limited applications within the automotive industry, where it can be used to decrease the amount of primary plastics. Thanks to Bcomp’s powerRibs reinforcement technology, ocean plastic properties can be boosted using natural fibres not only to be used in a wide range of semi-structural interior parts, but simultaneously cutting up to 50% weight when compared to current standard engineering plastics.
A Volvo Cars spokesperson: “We’re very grateful for the support of Bcomp in the production of our recycled plastics demonstrator XC60 vehicle. As we start to deliver on our 2025 vision, sustainable material and technology like powerRibs, will be essential in both replacing primary plastics and reducing weight at the same time.”
Dr Per Mårtensson, CSO Bcomp: “We are excited to collaborate with Volvo Cars to enable the upcycling of ocean plastic through the use of high tech, renewable powerRibs. The project is closely aligned with our vision to provide high performance, sustainable solutions for lightweighting.”
Industries: Automotive and Road Transportation