SEAT USING RECYCLED RICE HUSKS TO REDUCE PLASTICS IN NEW LEON

  • SEAT testing the use of recycled rice husks in place of plastic
  • Up to 20 per cent of polyurethanes and polypropylenes used in boot floor is being replaced
  • SEAT removing 12,000 tonnes of husk from the economy, 8% of global waste (by volume)

Milton Keynes, (11 November 2020): SEAT is testing the use of rice husks, an unrecyclable bi-product of harvesting the grain, as a substitute material to plastic in the new Leon.

The new material is being tested within the liner of the boot lid, the boot floor and the cabin headliner.

The current tests on the boot floor are substituting up to 20 per cent of the plastic usually used for recycled rice husks instead, a material which is lighter than the polyurethanes and polypropylenes it replaces.

Unwanted rice husks are usually incinerated by their processor. SEAT is forecasting to recycle 12,000 tonnes of rice husk per year, which reduces the amount of global husk waste by eight per cent while creating a more circular economy.

Joan Colet, Interior Trim Development Engineer, SEAT commented: “At SEAT we’re always working on finding new materials to improve our products, and in this sense, rice husks enable us to work on reducing plastics and petroleum-based materials.

“The parts are lighter, which means that we reduce the weight of the car, thus reducing our carbon footprint. We’re also using a renewable material, promoting the circular economy and making a greener product.”

The current testing is analysing how much husk can be used so that technical and quality requirements are of the same standard as the original. The boot floor undergoes load tests in which it must withstand up to 100kg concentrated on one small area to check its rigidity and strength. Thermal tests are also carried out in a climatic chamber to confirm its resistance to heat, cold and humidity.

SEAT is firmly committed to caring for the environment and to reduce the use of plastics in its future vehicles and achieve a zero carbon footprint by 2050. Within the framework of its sustainability strategy and its corporate mission MOVEtoZERØ, the company aims to minimise the environmental impact of all products and mobility solutions throughout their entire life cycle, from raw material procurement and production to end of life.

ENDS

Notes to editor:

About SEAT

SEAT is the only company that designs, develops, manufactures and markets cars in Spain. Member of the Volkswagen Group, the multinational has its headquarters in Martorell (Barcelona), exports 80% of its vehicles, and is present in 80 countries on all five continents. In 2019, SEAT sold 574,100 cars, the highest figure in the history of the company.

The SEAT Group employs over 15,000 professionals and has three production centres – Barcelona, El Prat de Llobregat and Martorell, where it manufactures the highly successful Ibiza, Arona and Leon. Additionally, the company produces the Ateca in the Czech Republic, the Tarraco in Germany, the Alhambra in Portugal and the Mii electric, SEAT’s first 100% electric car, in Slovakia.

The multinational has a Technical Centre, which operates as a knowledge hub that brings together 1,000 engineers who are focused on developing innovation for Spain’s largest industrial investor in R&D. SEAT already features the latest connectivity technology in its vehicle range and it is currently engaged in the company’s global digitalisation process to promote the mobility of the future.

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