Sunday, July 3, 2022

Manufacturer launches new recycled material for the automotive market

A Nottinghamshire-based manufacturer best known for producing noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) parts and sealing solutions for the automotive industry has launched a new range of recycled materials suitable for use in a variety of sectors.

Interflex is using the Ocean brand of materials to manufacture acoustic automotive products designed to reduce noise and vibration in vehicles.

Already approved for use at a major original equipment manufacturer, Ocean is lightweight, mouldable and made from a minimum of 75% recycled polyester. It can also be recycled at the end of its life, making it a sustainable solution for NVH issues.

Ocean can be used for a variety of vehicle interior and exterior applications from headliners to parcel shelves. Although currently being used in vehicle manufacture, it has potential for use in a range of industries including rail, roadways and construction.

“We are excited to be launching this innovative new product which has already attracted significant interest from large manufacturers in the automotive industry,” comments Jim Griffin, MD of Interflex. “Not only is it a high performance acoustic absorbent material, but its lightweight properties also make it an ideal product for manufacturers looking to reduce weight in vehicle production.”

The launch of Ocean is part of the company’s drive to introduce more sustainable materials into the automotive supply chain. It is also part of a plan to expand into new markets.

Jim explains: “With its high-performance properties, Ocean can be used for a wide range of purposes and industries where weight and noise is an issue. As experts in converting materials, the team at Interflex is ideally placed to take Ocean into completely new markets.”

Interflex currently manufacture a range of NVH and sealing solutions for vehicles including door seals, interior trim, under carpet and boot seals. They also coat and cut materials such as the fabric used for armrests. Set up in 2003, the company employs over 40 staff at its 38,000 sq ft site in Langar.

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