12/20/2010

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Chrysler Group raises the sustainability bar with InfiChem Polymers

Chrysler's polymer partner InfiChem Polymers LLC has developed a glycolysis process to chemically decompose polyurethanes into liquid initiators, which are used to produce Infigreen polyols. The first generation of these polyols has a recycled content of more than 60 %. The renewed polyols are then shipped to seat manufacturer Magna Interior Systems who blends the recycled polyol with virgin materials and produces foam with at least 5 % recycled content. Closed loop recycling will see foam waste from Magna going back into the system for processing, Chrysler said. So far the process prevents an estimated 80 t/y of foam that would otherwise be shipped to landfill and those numbers could rise since Chrysler is considering expanding the process for seat foam for other vehicles and different applications. Chrysler aims to raise the current 5 % by weight of recycled polyol to 10 % by weight in the seat foam and possibly to 20 % in the head rest.

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