19 July 2021
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Faurecia launches carbon-fibre interior panel

Vehicle interior supplier Faurecia’s rCF NFPP, which incorporates a non-woven layer of 100% recycled carbon fibre, is 50% lighter than injected solutions and 25% lighter than standard compression-moulded parts.

Recycled carbon fibre uses one-tenth of the energy required to process virgin carbon fiber, and sourcing it supports the circular economy. rCF NFPP expands the range of functional applications in vehicle interiors while optimizing the CO2 emissions associated with its production.

The company says it aims to reduce the CO2 footprint of the materials it uses by 87% by 2030. Eight years ago it launched the NAFILean range, which uses hemp fibres to create a recyclable lightweight composite. Since then, a new generation of NFPP products (high natural fiber-reinforced composites) is said to use more recycled content and bring added functionality.

Shaped by compression moulding with up to 50% natural fibres, NFPP halves the weight and CO2 emissions compared to similar all-plastic products. The company says it is now working on CO2 negative emissions NFPP products which use up to 100% recycled plastic polymers.

The NFPP range creates interior parts in a wide variety of finishes. In particular, the Ligneco range highlights the fibrous aspect of the surface, and can be combined with printing and embossing upgrading options.

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