165,000 new cars are produced every single day. This means that by the end of 2012, for the first time in history, over 60 million cars will be produced in one single year! Such enormous rates of production lead to even greater amounts of waste as each year end-of-life vehicles generate between eight and nine million tons of waste in the community!
Polyurethane, commonly used by the automobile industry, comes as a direct response to the ominous vision of our society facing yet another nine millions tons of car remnants at the end of this year. How so, you demand with growing curiosity? Polyurethane applications in cars actively lowers their environmental impact on several accounts; and here’s just a few to demonstrate how:
- Polyurethane is lighter; as a result, the vehicle’s overall weight is reduced, improving fuel efficiency and mileage.
- Polyurethane, in contrast to alternative materials, also delivers increased comfort, corrosion resistance, insulation and sound absorption; giving the car a greater lifespan for its owner.
- Polyurethane foam offers automobile designers and manufacturers the opportunity to produce seating which may be assembled for comfort and longevity, but also, and most importantly, disassembled and recycled.
As you see, polyurethane is helping to produce tomorrow’s cars today. Not only does polyurethane provide for responsible and manageable manufacturing of tomorrow’s cars, it offers reduced prices for you, the consumer, and for our environment.