Borealis launches glass-fiber reinforced PP with 65% PCR for automotive applications

Borealis launches glass-fiber reinforced PP with 65% PCR for automotive applications

Its first application will be in center console carriers for the new Peugeot 3008, developed in partnership with Plastivaloire and Stellantis

  • By ICN Bureau | July 03, 2024

Borealis introduces Borcycle GD3600SY, a glass-fiber reinforced polypropylene (PP) compound with 65% post-consumer recycled (PCR) polymer content. It will first be used in automotive interiors in a landmark project delivered in partnership with Plastivaloire, a thermoplastic injection specialist and Tier 1 supplier to the automotive sector, and Stellantis, an OEM and the owner of 14 automotive brands.

Borcycle GD3600SY is part of the Borcycle M portfolio of mechanically recycled polyolefins for demanding applications. It contains 30% glass fibers, meaning that almost the entire polymer fraction of the product is made from post-consumer recycled PP. It will initially be used in center console carriers for the new Peugeot 3008, marking the first instance of a compound with 65% PCR PP being used in series production for large automotive interior applications.

Shanila Baseley, Borealis Global Commercial Vice President, Advanced Products & Mobility, Commercial Excellence & Business Intelligence, states, “Accelerating the transition to a circular economy requires strong partnerships and innovative approaches. We are proud that our collaboration with Plastivaloire and Stellantis in the spirit of EverMinds™ has resulted in this significant step towards sustainability in the automotive sector and is further evidence of our commitment to reinventing essentials for sustainable living.”

“In the automotive market, Borealis introduced Borcycle GD3600SY in Q4 2023. Stellantis is the leading OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) implementing this technology, deploying it in our center console carriers in vehicle interiors. This reinforces our commitment to sustainability by engaging our supply base in a shared journey towards circularity,” explains Danielly Pierozan Cortes, Global Head of Resins & Compounds at Stellantis.

“Developed and manufactured in France, the center console structure of the new Peugeot 3008, produced with Borealis’ new Borcycle M GD3600SY grade, is a major step towards a more sustainable automotive industry. Our participation in the 2024 Plastic Recycling Europe award underlines Plastivaloire’s commitment to sustainability and circularity,” says Dominique Manceau, Innovation Director at Plastivaloire.

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