The question about the durability of products and the fate of the raw materials contained in them after the end of their service life has gained increasing importance over the past years. Based on a well-founded life cycle assessment, POLYTEC supports its customers in making their supply chains more sustainable.
Sustainability aspects no longer just have sociopolitical importance. Rather, they are among the central criteria for awarding a contract, along with product quality and efficiency. Based on this knowledge, POLYTEC is expanding its activities in the area of life cycle assessment (LCA). Because the company not only wants to offer its customers the best products in the market, but also to consciously support them in the development of sustainable product concepts which ensure longer service life, environmentally friendly disposal and maximum recyclability of the materials used.
Starting point for sustainable concepts
In the development of such concepts, experts from different areas of the POLYTEC GROUP collaborate within the framework of the POLYTEC SOLUTION FORCE. They combine materials and manufacturing methods, considering the effects of every single technology on the ecological footprint of the product. Results of such life cycle engineering include products made by using the differential construction method. These products are easier to repair and also easier to separate and recycle at the end of their life cycle. Or components made of the same type of material: for example, a polyamide injection-moulded fibre composite reinforced by polyamide fibres is much easier to recycle than composite materials made of completely different base materials.
Measures for sustainable competitiveness
In order to remain competitive in the future, POLYTEC has stepped up its life cycle assessment with a number of measures, for example building internal know-how, training offers such as the module “Sustainability in Engineering”, with specialised software solutions to collect valid data, or the goal of being certified as a “Life Cycle Assessment Certified Professional”.
Starting with two lighthouse projects in the underbody segment, the aim is to review all POLYTEC products, step by step, for their environmental impact – from development to production through to the end of their life cycle. Life cycle management thus paves the way to increased sustainability along the entire value chain for the POLYTEC GROUP and its customers.