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Steering Volvo on a sustainable route

Compounder Rondo Plast is helping Volvo Cars drive towards its ambition of having at least 25% of the plastic used in their cars made from sustainable materials by 2025.

This summer, Volvo unveiled a demonstration vehicle, based on its XC60 model, in which plastic parts weighing about 60 kg were replaced with components made from recycled plastic.

Used in several parts

Material supplied by Rondo, a member of the Polykemi Group, isused in several locations, including air ducts, the drivers’ central console,wheel arches and the loading floor support structure.  The recycled plastic derives from both industrial and consumer waste.

Fredrik Holst, product manager at Rondo Plast, says it is the most progressive approach to using recycling materials by any premium automotive manufacturer. The compounder was involved at the beginning of the car’s development.

Ambitious goal

‘Our material is often used in load-bearing and technical components which are covered by a surface material. It is among these components that Volvo Cars has the best opportunity to achieve their ambitious goal, where at least 25% of the plastic in their cars will be recycled raw materials by 2025,’ Holst says. 

‘We take our hat off to Volvo for being the first vehicle manufacturer in the premium segment to take this stand. It is our absolute intention to continue to be the partner in quality assured compounds based on wholly or partly recycled raw materials.’

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