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Recycling specialist supports Volvo’s sustainability vision

Manchester-based Axion Polymers has created a special 100 per cent recycled polymer blend made from end-of-life vehicles to help Volvo increase the content of recycled material in its cars.

Manchester-based Axion Polymers has created a special 100 per cent recycled polymer blend made from end-of-life vehicles to help Volvo increase the content of recycled material in its cars.

An initial sample of the plastic blend has been successfully used to mould internal and external body parts for a new car being developed by Volvo.

It is hoped that the breakthrough can help replace virgin plastics in new cars to support the automotive industry towards a circular economy. 

Volvo Car Group has set out an ambition to ensure at least 25 per cent of the plastics used in its new cars will be made from recycled material after 2025. 

The car maker recently unveiled a demonstration car which uses over 170 plastic parts made out of recycled plastics. This included a tunnel console partly made from discarded fishing nets and maritime ropes, car seats and carpets made from plastic bottles and sound-absorbing material made from end-of-life car seats. 

First adopters taking lead

Keith Freegard, associate consultant at Axion Polymers, said: “Volvo Car Group has taken a strong and leading position in its commitment to the increased use of sustainable materials in its vehicles.

“Seeing the ‘first adopters’ take the lead in such an important market as motor vehicles really gives me hope that the problem of ocean plastic pollution can be solved by taking such positive action for change.”

Axion Polymers, which runs a materials recovery facility in Trafford and reprocessing centre in Salford, recently launched a new service to help businesses understand what design choices they can make for their packaging to be recyclable.