Plastic and Rubber in the Automotive Industry

By replacing metal by plastic and rubber, the automotive sector can reduce its environmental impact over the life cycle significantly. Lighter parts and function integration reduce the environmental impact and increase energy efficiency in the supply chain.

During a workshop early February, a dozen companies in the sector defined specific projects. The first workshop took place at Inalfa Roof Systems. The next workshop is on April 15 at Voestalpine Plastics Solutions in Roosendaal. The workshops are conducted by Siem Haffmans and Ingeborg Gort Partners for Innovation.

Durable Plastic Product

“Durable Plastic Product” is an initiative of the Federation of Dutch Plastic and Rubber Industry (NRK), the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) and Partners for Innovation. Companies and their clients explore the opportunities for reduced environmental impact and energy efficiency of their product in the supply chain. They also learn that the greatest gain is how to improve product design to provide added value for themselves and for their customers.

Over the past two years, the “Durable Plastic Product”¬†project has been very successful and received high satisfaction scores among participants in various industrial sectors.

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