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Renault using recycled Noryl resin in fenders


French car maker Renault is using a Noryl GTX resin grade from Sabic Innovative Plastics incorporating post-industrial recycled polymer for the fenders on its 2013 model year Clio car. The company says the


post-industrial recycled (PIR) grade of Noryl GTX - which will also be used on the upcoming Zoe electric vehicle - meets the car-maker’s quality and performance standards and further improves the sustain- ability of the polymer-based fenders, which are said to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 47% over steel alternatives. The move is part of


Renault’s ICARRE 95 pro- gramme, which aims to achieve a 95% minimum recovery rate for end-of-life materials. The company has not disclosed the


Grammer looks to US


Germany’s Grammer Automotive says it will set up a new production facility in North America during 2013 to meet growing demand for its automotive headrest and centre console products from US subsidiar- ies of German car makers. The company says the


NAFTA region accounts for around 20% of its annual sales and grew by 30% in 2012. ❙ www.grammer.com


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Renault was a pioneer in plastic fender applications


BMS opens Korean tech centre


Bayer MaterialScience (BMS) has opened its first Polymer Development & Technology Centre in South Korea. The new unit, at Yongin


level of PIR used but says it is sourcing from its own produc- tion operations. Renault first used Noryl


GTX fenders on the Clio 16S model introduced in 1989. Since then it has used them on Twingo, Clio, Kangoo, Scenic, Megane, Laguna, Espace, Wind and Modus models. “Renault’s vision and


innovation have played a leading role in the mainstream adoption of plastic fenders to


achieve key automotive industry goals of enhanced sustainability and design freedom,” said Leon Jacobs, automotive leader, Europe, at Sabic IP. “The company’s use of Noryl GTX resin over 25 years has conclusively demonstrated that lightweight thermoplastic body panels made from the product are a viable, proven, production- capable solution. ❙ www.sabic-ip.com


near the capital Seoul, will focus on development of polycarbonate applications in the automotive and IT sectors. It is the latest addition to the BMS network of research and develop- ment hubs around the globe. The new centre will


initially support customers in high technology markets such as IT, smartphone production and automotive with PC technical advice but later this year will com- mence customer sample production, concept development and testing, said BMS. ❙ www.bayermaterialscience.com


Wittmann marks 2,000th W818


German injection moulder PP-Plastic took delivery of Wittmann’s 2000th W818 series robot at the end of last year. The Neukirchen/Pleisse-based moulder, which supplies injection and rotational moulded parts to the horticulture and automotive industries, took delivery of the landmark robot from Wittmann founder Dr Werner Wittmann at the robot maker’s factory in Vienna in Austria. Dr Wittmann is pictured (second from left) shaking hands with PP-Plastic production manager Sebestian Albert. Local Wittmann agent Ralf Haacke (left) and PP-Plastic HR manager Michéle Peuker look on. ❙ www.wittmann-group.comwww.pp-plastic.de


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