Environmental - Entry 62



Spare-Wheel Cover with Abaca-Fiber Reinforcement

OEM: DaimlerChrysler AG
Model: A-Class 2-Door
Model Year: 2005
System Supplier: Rieter Automotive
Molder / Processor: Rieter Automotive
Toolmaker: N/A
Material Supplier: Manila Cordage (Abaca fiber)
Generic Resin Type: PP
Resin Trade Name: N/A
Grade: N/A
Summary:  This is the world's first large-scale use (40 T / yr) of natural-fiber reinforcement in an exterior application. The patented process for production of Abaca fibers uses 60% less energy than the standard process used to produce glass fibers (rovings).



Environmental - Entry 43



Shifter Module

OEM: General Motors
Model: Ion, Vue, Equinox, Malibu
Model Year: 2005
System Supplier: SL Americas
Molder / Processor: SL Americas
Toolmaker: N/A
Material Supplier: A. Schulman, Inc.
Generic Resin Type: PA 6/6
Resin Trade Name: Schulamid
Grade: 66GF33RN-31 Black
Summary:  This is the first use of 100%-recycled material in a structural automotive shifter module, a functional part with many critical physical and safety demands. The application also achieved improved aesthetics and processing compared to virgin nylon.



Environmental - Entry 44



Low VOC Polymer

OEM: Toyota
Model: Crown
Model Year: 2004
System Supplier: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.
Molder / Processor: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.
Toolmaker: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.
Material Supplier: Polyplastics Co., Ltd.
Generic Resin Type: POM
Resin Trade Name: Duracon
Grade: M90-45XAP
Summary:  This low volatile-organic-compound (VOC) acetal (polyoxymethylene (POM)) provides lower VOCs than conventional POMs. The material was developed in Japan to meet OEM and Tier 1 guidelines to reduce cabin concentrations of specific materials. The technology is transferable to other markets, including the United States.



Environmental - Entry 51



Sisal Fiber in Truck Interior Trim

OEM: DaimlerChrysler do Brazil (DCBR)
Model: Mercedes Benz Trucks
Model Year: 2004
System Supplier: Simoldes Plasticos
Molder / Processor: Simoldes Plasticos
Toolmaker: N/A
Material Supplier: Tapetes São Carlos/SP
Generic Resin Type: PUR foam
Resin Trade Name: N/A
Grade: N/A
Summary:  In 2004, DaimlerChrysler do Brasil (DCBR) used over 48.5 tons of sisal fiber reinforcement, becoming the first vehicle maker to use sisal fiber (in the form of needled mantas) as a replacement for glass-fiber reinforcement in interior truck-cabin walls. Environmental benefits of using a renewable fiber include the reduced CO2 emissions during the raw-material extraction and production phases of the life cycle.


Environmental - Entry 53

Balsa Core Floor Panel

OEM: General Motors
Model: Z06 Corvette
Model Year: 2006
System Supplier: Molded Fiber Glass Companies
Molder / Processor: Premier Molding Company
Toolmaker: Penco Tool, Inc.
Material Supplier: MFG Research / Alcan
Generic Resin Type: Unsaturated Polyester
Resin Trade Name: Ashland
Grade: N/A
Summary:  The combination of an end-grain balsa core and an unsaturated polyester / carbon-fiber sandwich construction is used to produce this floor panel for lightweight strength. Processing of the final product is accomplished in production tooling.