Targeting environmental and cost efficiency benefits, Honda is using high recycled content PP copolymers; custom developed by specialist compounder Luxus Ltd, for interior parts on its cutting edge design Civic 3 and 5 door models. Luxus is one of a few companies in the world to have recycled content polypropylene material approved by Honda for use on colour matched interior components.
Two grades of UV stabilised PP have been formulated recycled engineering compounds to meet Honda’s rigorous specifications for performance, colour matching and quality standards. Both are based on post industrial and consumer scrap feedstock. The first, Luxus Type 16283, is a talc filled compound with 45% recycled content and the second, Type 16275, is a colour matched compound with 60% recycled content.
Working with Honda R&D and Manufacturing Divisions in the UK and Japan over a period of two years, Luxus carried out comprehensive tests polymer testing and production moulding trials to determine material suitability for use. At each stage material formulations were adjusted to meet Honda’s stringent process and functional requirements. These included colour matching interior mouldings and agreeing surface finish, colour consistency, process and reject rate targets. As part of the material validation process, Honda undertook a comprehensive audit of Luxus’ manufacturing facilities.
Internally Luxus had to meticulously test and select incoming feedstock, produce mini-blends and verify they met the agreed technical specifications. Additionally, it had to colour match, develop and manufacture batch specific additive packages and operate a material test procedure during compounding.
Luxus recycled plastics compounds believe its experience of supplying automotive interior trim grades, coupled with its technical centre polymer development facility and ability to colour match recycled polymer compounds, were key factors in being awarded the contract. Equally important was its knowledge of key trim characteristic requirements, such as scratch resistance and UV stability, and of course, its manufacturing control, traceability and ability to maintain batch to batch consistency.
The compounds are now delivered to Tier 1 Moulders for supply of parts into Honda of the UK Manufacturing Ltd in Swindon, Wiltshire and consumption is forecast to amount to 1000 tpa.
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Luxus is one of a few companies in the world to have recycled content polypropylene material approved by Honda for use on colour matched interior components for the Civic 3 and 5 door models. Moulded parts include luggage compartment and tailgate mouldings in addition to lower cabin trim.
Jim Ballantyne, Sales Manager, Luxus Limited, Belvoir Way,
Fairfield Industrial Estate, Louth, Lincolnshire LN11 0LQ
Tel: + 44 (0) 1507 604941 Fax: + 44 (0) 1507 609154
Email: email@example.com www.luxus.co.uk
Ian McMath, Copylines. Telephone & fax: + 44 (0) 1428 723211.
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