Recycled and Recyclable Materials
Visteon's Long Life Filteration System is
made of 25 percent post-consumer recycled
According to the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, approximately 82 percent of the weight of today's vehicles (mostly metal) is recycled at the end of vehicle life. For over a decade, European automotive manufacturers have taken numerous initiatives to set up efficient national systems for the recovery and recycling of end-of-life vehicles (ELV) that are now operational in almost all European Union Member States, with the ultimate goal of full recycling and reuse of all materials from all ELVs.
While reclaiming and recycling the metal in ELVs is easy, reclaiming and recycling vehicle plastics is more difficult. The range of plastics, combined with the use of composites of plastics from different chemical families, requires more complicated reclamation processes. Below is a sample of two innovative Visteon systems that can help automotive manufacturers move towards the ambitious goal of full vehicle recyclability.
The casings of all Visteon Air Induction Systems use a minimum of 30 percent post-consumer recycled material (polypropylene or nylon 6,6).
Life Filtration System
Visteon's patented Long Life Filtration System, which makes it possible for vehicles to operate using the same air filter for at least 150,000 miles without changing or cleaning the filter, contains a minimum of 30 percent post-consumer recycled materials. The casing of this system is also designed to be recycled at the end of vehicle life.
The system has other environmental benefits. Using just one filter over a long period significantly reduces the amount of landfill waste. Additionally, the filter can be equipped with specially treated layers to reduce evaporative emissions.
Laminate Insert Molded Cockpit
Visteon's Laminate Insert Molded (VLIM) Cockpit is an adaptable one-piece molded polypropylene instrument panel skin with selective soft touch zones. Because the skin, foam and substrate are 100 percent olefin, the resulting instrument panel is 100 percent recyclable. Manufacturing the instrumental panel using materials from the same chemical family helps avoid the complicated and time-consuming particle separation required to recycle the polyvinyl chloride (PVC) materials that are traditionally used to manufacture instrument panels.
The goal of full ELV recyclability and reuse is quickly becoming reality. If your company requires environmentally friendly technology that can help satisfy the European End-of-Life Directive, Visteon offers a range of technologies that will help your company succeed.