Winterthur – Autoneum’s Re-Liner technology has been nominated for the PACE Award 2023. The focus is on a sustainable process for recovering polymer as a raw material for new products. The award honors innovative automotive suppliers for the 29th time.
Autoneum ‘s Re-Liner innovation is among the finalists for the Automotive News PACE Awards 2023. The award is being presented for the 29th time for “outstanding innovations, technological advances and corporate performance by automotive suppliers,” according to a media release. The prizes will be awarded in the coming year.
The Winterthur-based automotive supplier impressed with its forward-looking re-liner solution. This allows the waste polymer from old bumper covers to be used as a raw material for lightweight yet rigid, durable wheel arch linings. For example, he says, 100 percent of the starting material for new products comes from the automotive industry instead of fillers or additives.
In developing Re-Liner, Autoneum drew on its expertise in carpet manufacturing. “Re-Liner is based on a core of polyolefins recovered from used bumpers and has a textile top layer of fibers made from recycled materials,” it says.
The process increases the proportion of recyclable material in production and saves energy. Autoneum is thus making further progress in the expansion of the circular economy. The nomination of the Re-Liner-based wheel arch liners is a testament to Autoneum’s “ongoing efforts to develop both resource- and energy-efficient products and manufacturing processes,” Dan Moler, vice president of product development and engineering at Autoneum North America, is quoted as saying. ce/heg