Car parts made from bioplastic
More and more car parts are made from bioplastics. About four-fifths of the plastic used in a car produced by a Japanese company is derived from organic products.
A German car manufacturer also employs a particularly durable plastic, which is used as a heat-resistant cover of the car’s engine.
70 percent of the car’s component is made from bioplastics with almost two-thirds of the CO? conserved during its production, which would otherwise be emitted during traditional production methods. Plastics that are particularly robust and used for covers and floor mats that take a lot of wear and tear are already on the market.
The basic building block of bio-based PET used today for the preparation of several polyamides, is sugarcane or castor oil. And because plastics can be endowed with new properties, it’s now possible to replace the metal parts in a car with plastics that are more robust. This not only saves on weight, but also reduces the dependence on metal raw materials.