Automotive carpets are typically multi-layered systems that can be challenging to recycle. By introducing a carpet made of 100% polyester (PET), Autoneum opens up new opportunities for vehicle manufacturers to meet their sustainability targets. The innovative carpet systems are fully recyclable. In addition, the high content of recycled PET as well as the zero waste and less energy-intensive production process further improve the carbon footprint.
The new carpet systems from Autoneum Management AG, Winterthur/Switzerland, ensure a closed material loop. The 100% polyester carpets build on the existing lightweight and particularly sustainable Autoneum Pure technologies: the carpet surface, for example, is made of Di-Light or Relive-1, while Hybrid-Acoustics PET is used for the decoupler. Thanks to Autoneum’s innovative alternative back-coating (ABC) process, which uses a thermoplastic adhesive instead of latex, the production of the new mono-material needlepunch and tufted carpets also requires significantly less energy and no water at all.
While the interior of cars with combustion engines is usually shredded together with other parts – mainly the vehicle body – making the reclaiming of textile products such as carpets practically impossible, electric vehicles (EVs) open up new perspectives for end-of-life recycling. Since the battery has to be removed at the end of vehicle life in order to be recycled or disposed of properly, the demand for easy-to-dismantle products, especially carpets, for the interior of EVs is increasing. However, such easily removable components not only facilitate access to the battery, but they can also be individually recycled at the end of product life.