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08-28-2017

NAFILite and NAFILean

Hemp-Fiber-Based PP for Reduced CO2 Emissions

Weight reduction is crucial to equipment suppliers and automakers who are seeking to curb emissions. A 10 kg reduction in vehicle weight is enough to cut CO2 emissions by 1 g/km. Faurecia designed and developed its hemp-fiber-based NAFILean and NAFILite materials to help achieve these goals. Hemp is an eco-friendly, non-food crop that requires no pesticides, fertilizers or irrigation.

Faurecia uses both NAFILite and NAFILean in manufacturing structural automotive parts such as instrument panels, door panels and center consoles (© Faurecia)

The abbreviation NAFI stands for natural fiber for injection. According to the manufacturer, NAFILean is the automotive interior market’s only injected material with natural fibers. NAFILean integrates a natural, hemp-based fiber with polypropylene and allows for complex shapes and architectures along with weight reduction. This mixture produces injected parts with a substantial 20 to 25 % weight savings in comparison with standard plastics and contributes to make the car more fuel efficient. It also reduces the overall environmental impact by 20 to 25 % through the components’ lifecycle. It has been developed to introduce green content into high-performance material for instrument panels, door panels and center consoles. NAFILean can be used in traditional injection machines and stands as a unique market solution from Faurecia.

The NAFILean value chain (© Faurecia)

The NAFILean value chain (© Faurecia)

NAFILite is a combination of NAFILean material and an injection (foaming) process used to expand the material through mold-opening technology. Its stiff, microcellular (bubble) structure ensures much-improved performance and resistance. This requires less injected material, which leads to significant weight savings. NAFILite offers a 15 % weight saving vs a market reference material and up to 30 % weight saving vs the traditionally used materials for such parts. Made of renewable natural fibers and of polypropylene, it also gives an environmental impact reduction of up to 30 %.

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Faurecia Automotive GmbH

Faureciastr. 1
DE 76767 Hagenbach
Tel.: 7273 80-10

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