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Development of Automotive Shredder Residue (ASR) Recyclate Application

Article of Honda R&D Technical Review Vol.18 No.2


Recently, with increased concerns about global environmental issues, European car manufacturers have been using thermoplastic recyclate resin and natural raw materials for application to automotive components in order to make effective use of the limited oil resources.
In Europe, where the demand for application of recyclate is growing stronger, attention is being turned to ASR (Automotive Shredder Residue) coming from disused cars. Polypropylene, separated and extruded from automotive shredder residue, has been used to develop recyclate with an excellent balance between rigidity and impact performance, that meets the requirements for under body components. This material has been applied to 2006 model year CIVIC in Europe.
Cost has been reduced with these technologies, whilst making effective use of oil resources.


(1) Directive 2000/53/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on End-of Life Vehicles, Official Journal of the European Communities L269/34 (2000)
(2) Hirawaki, S., Hikita, K., Uemura, T.: Expansion of Applicable Scope for Use of Recycled Bumper Materials by Modification of Properties, Honda R&D Technical Review, Vol. 15, No. 1, p. 227-232
(3) Takeuchi, A., Makuta, M., Ohgane, H., Hamabe, K., Aoki, O.: Development of the Bumper-to-Bumper Recycling Technology, SAE Technical Paper Series, 960282 (1996)
(4) François, O.: Mass-Balance in Post-Shredding Technology: Results of a Trial Based on the Shredding of 201 ELVs, IARC (2003)
(5) ESR International L.L.C.: Dense Medium Separation (2005)
(6) Feraudy de, H.: Automatic and Industrial sorting for ASR thermoplastics at Galloo Plastics SA at Halluin Plant, IARC (2005)

Author (organization or company)

J. van der Goot(Honda R&D Europe (UK))、T. Yamaguchi (Honda R&D Europe (UK))

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