Faurecia plans to triple the production of its NAFILean

Update:20 Sep 2018

Faurecia plans to triple the production of its NAFILean […]

Faurecia plans to triple the production of its NAFILean lightweight cannabis-based biocomposites over the next three years as they are increasingly being adopted by original equipment manufacturers. The company has recently developed new data to show the important energy and environmental benefits provided by NAFILean and its positive impact on agriculture.

According to Faurecia, after the first registration of Peugeot PSA, biomaterials are now used in automotive parts of six original equipment manufacturers. One of the latest models is Byton's electric SUV, confirming that these materials play an important role in the next generation of vehicles.

Pierre Demortain, General Manager of Automotive Performance Materials at Faurecia, explained: “Foggia began researching NAFILean's work ten years ago to determine the final material that can be used in light automotive parts, resulting in positive environmental impact.” “The material must be met.” Strict performance characteristics and suitable for plug-and-play implementations in the manufacturing process."

“Cannabis is selected from more than 20 agricultural candidates glass fiber  based on its good technical properties as a renewable fiber for its renewability and low water consumption. It also replenishes soil for other subsequent crops without the need for pesticides. Price changes that are not affected by external influences."

NAFILean is a recyclable lightweight composite consisting of 20% natural fiber used for glass fiber in the injection molding of instrument panels, door panels and center console structural parts.

After two years of development of materials and an additional year of initial OEM registration for PSA, the first commercial success was achieved on the Peugeot 308 door panel in 2013. 1.2 kg of material reduced the weight by 25% by 25%. Environmental impact, validated by ISO 14040-44 standard life cycle assessment, covering the production, use and disposal of materials.

“One difference that was previously tried to introduce biomaterials into cars is the added value that Faurecia can provide,” Demortain said. “The production of Tier 1 suppliers' participation in materials ensures innovation at the vehicle subsystem level.”

After the initial commercial application, NAFILean began to become a new automotive standard that has been adopted by OEMs on a range of vehicles, including:

Peugeot 308 and DS7 Crossback

Alfa Romeo Giulia

Jaguar Land Rover's Grand Evoque and E-Pace

Renault Megane

Calculations using recognized lightweight benefit data indicate that the continuous implementation of lightweight biomaterials on high volume vehicles will yield significant environmental benefits.

The recent use of NAFILean for the production of electric SUVs for the California/China FMC Byton Concept series highlights the advantages of next-generation vehicles - saving one kilogram of weight helps increase battery autonomy by three miles.

Cannabis compounds are publicly available through APM (Automotive Performance Materials), a joint venture between Faurecia and the French Burgundy Regional Agricultural Cooperative. 50-50 JV provides Faurecia with a reliable supply and freedom of operation in the market, and further leverages and deploys its innovative capabilities.

In addition to automotive biomaterials, other parts of cannabis plants are also sources of by-products such as building insulation and cooking oil. Land use and food transfer issues are also not a problem with cannabis cultivation - it is possible to supply all of the original equipment manufacturers in Europe for only 5,000 hectares of land.

“The production of natural plant fibers and their lightweight composites seems to be conducive to future growth,” Demortain said. “Original equipment manufacturers are reviewing additional vehicles for biomaterials, and production will triple in the next three years. The Faurecia team is working on a new generation of natural bamboo fiber in biomaterials in composites, including bio-sourced resins. And natural bamboo fiber reinforcement - 100% petroleum-free material, already available for future industrialization."