Sogefi, a constant pioneer in research and development has realized – in collaboration with PSA Group and Solvay Technyl® – a plastic fuel filter made of fully recycled polyamide 6.6, demonstrating that circular economy is possible in the automotive industry.
The product has been recognized by the jury of the International Grands Prix for Automotive Innovation as the best innovation in its category.
Sogefi has used a new plastic compound 100% recycled from airbag waste, through its existing plastic injection process and has successfully tested the parts on extensive bench validation tests, confirming that this material is fully compatible with standard injection process.
The automotive manufacturer has driven the choice of the tested parts (DV engine 1.6l Euro6b application), homologated the material grade and evaluated the whole validation process. A Life Cycle Analysis was also conducted, demonstrating the benefits: reduction of 483 tons of CO2 emissions per year, representing a saving of 32% compared to traditional filter.
It has been therefore demonstrated that circular economy and substantial benefits for the environment could be introduced up to serious and demanding applications, required by latest generation engines.
Sogefi is evaluating to extend the use of the recycled plastics to its aftermarket product ranges (under the Purflux, FRAM®, CoopersFiaam and SogefiPro brands) and is willing to work closely with all the car makers to develop this solution for the future filters.