Audi is experimenting with real recycling of composites

Audi is experimenting with real recycling of composites


Sustainability is at the top of the wish list when designing cars. The problem here is, among other things, different plastic materials. A new recycling method should provide a solution. Audi developed it together with Fraunhofer researchers.

Recycled plastic materials are already installed in the Audi Q4 e-tron.

Photo: Audi AG

Saving energy, conserving resources, improving the CO2 balance and at the same time meeting the demands of environmentally friendly vehicles – the complete production of vehicles is an important goal that Audi would like to achieve in the not-too-distant future. Although there are still a few barriers, the automaker may be in the process of removing one of them. Because physical recycling is meant to complement previous methods of recycling car parts. Audi is testing the concept together with scientists from the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV.

Audi enhances the physical process by chemical and mechanical recycling

Many different types of plastic are installed in the car, which differ in their properties – according to Audi, more than 200 kilograms of plastic are installed in total. These include bumpers, radiator grille and various elements in the interior. Plastic is needed even for cars. Not only are the application areas very different, plastic parts also have to be treated differently when it comes to recycling. Until now, Audi has used mechanical and chemical processing for this purpose. Physical regression will now be added.