The use of drable plastic applications, lightweight components and integration of various functions may reduce the environmental impact the automotive industry has. Following the energy effiency agreements (MJA3), Dutch government and industry aim to achieve an improvement of energy effiency of 2% per year up until 2020.
Partners for Innovation, in collaboration with NRK, organizes and guides the project ‘Sustainable Plastic Product in the Automotive’ to work towards these goals. In this project, ten Dutch companies including Helvoet, NPSP, VDL Parree, Polytec Plastics (Voestalpine), Apollo Vredestein, Berco and SABIC IP collaborate to develop environmentally friendly products for three end customers: DAF Trucks, Inalfa Roof Systems and Leev Mobility.
Ingeborg Gort from Partners for Innovation explains: “The participants are divided in three groups, one for each customer, in such a way that each group has both a material producer and a plastics processor. This way each group represents the entire chain. Working together created cross-pollination and new dynamics.”
NRK Innovation Coach Martin van Dord is convinced that chain cooperation is necessary to be competitive and profitable. He sees the MJA3 project as the most vital chain project to achieve this so far.