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Three polypropylene, polycarbonate/PET grades are the first of many to come.

PlasticsToday Staff

September 6, 2021

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Sabic’s first automotive grades containing mechanically recycled content are now available. The new resins are:

  • Sabic T2E-3320EH PP compound, a high-flow, low-emission, talc-filled polypropylene (PP);

  • Xenoy T2NX2500UV resin, an unfilled, UV-stabilized blend of polycarbonate (PC) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET);

  • Xenoy T2NX5230 resin, a mineral-filled PC/PET blend.

All three materials contain up to 29% recycled content while offering performance similar to that of incumbent virgin resins, giving automotive customers new options that can help them address their sustainability goals.

“The new Trucircle materials support the automotive industry’s sustainability initiatives by providing an opportunity to extend the life of plastic waste and helping to increase value from post-consumer products,” said Abdullah Al-Otaibi, General Manager, ETP & Market Solutions, Sabic. “These new products are the first of many Sabic resins to be introduced with mechanically recycled content for potential use in interior and exterior automotive applications.”

Sabic is launching the grades to support various new automotive applications.

The Sabic T2E-3320EH PP compound features stiffness, low emissions, and high heat resistance for non-visible heating/ventilation/air conditioning (HVAC) components within the instrument panel, and interior and under-the-hood parts. An internal life cycle assessment (LCA) showed that the PP compound reduces the product’s carbon footprint by up to 24% compared with the corresponding virgin PP compound because it contains 25% recycled PP.

Sabic’s Xenoy T2NX2500UV resin contains 21% recycled PET and provides heat and impact performance, dimensional stability, and low shrinkage for painted exterior body panels, spoilers, fuel filler doors and trim. It is also UV stabilized for potential use in unpainted applications. Sabic’s LCA data indicates this grade lowers global warming potential (GWP) by 11% and cumulative energy demand (CED) by 12% vs. virgin material.

Sabic’s Xenoy T2NX5230 resin contains 16% mineral reinforcement and 29% recycled PET. Similar to Xenoy T2NX2500UV resin, its properties make it a potential solution for painted body panels, trim, and other components. The product’s reinforcement delivers higher stiffness and a lower coefficient of linear thermal expansion (CLTE) compared to Xenoy T2NX2500UV resin, making Xenoy T2NX5230 resin a good candidate for roof spoilers and exterior trim. Both Xenoy grades offer high flow for improved throughput.

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