Automotive Case Study
(WOOD K plus / CRF)

Renewable based composites for automotive interior parts

Major vehicle manufacturers worldwide have adopted the use of bioplastics and bio-based plastics, including natural-fiber composites and engineering plastics fortified with natural fibers23, but their application is still limited to several parts like floor area parts, seatbacks, engine and transmission cover, underbody panels. Until now, car interior trims are usually made of virgin plastics like Polypropylene (PP) and Polycarbonates (PC) or Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) filled with mineral powder like talc. Thus, there is an urgent need for development and introduction of renewable composites to achieve automotive sustainability targets to reach zero net carbon by 2050.

Together with Borealis Polyolefine, Wood K plus has established its knowledge on material optimization and processing in the field of thermoplastic wood composites. 

Such composite materials, which can be based on a different range of natural fibers are an application case for SSbD4CheM in the automotive sector for sustainable fillers and sustainable matrix materials in combination with reduced Volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions of the products.