GrapheneUP® is working to develop new recycled polymer products that overcome compatibility issues in recycled plastics for automotive and other industries
Functional fillers have been used by the plastics industry since its inception and are used to enhance the intrinsic properties of plastics and to impart entirely new effects, graphene is the most recent filler proposed into the market.
One of the big factors influencing the use of graphene as a filler for thermoplastic materials today is the move in the plastics industry towards more sustainable products. With society becoming more demanding of sustainable solutions and the emergence of new regulations, the entire plastics value chain has had to adapt. The automotive market is one where functional fillers are playing an increasingly important role.
Aware of the importance of reducing vehicle weight to limit fuel consumption, car manufacturers are constantly looking for new production methods. In order to address increasing demand for recycled polymers, and in the face of increasingly stringent regulations and brand initiatives, novel filler materials are required.