Daimler is Creating Small Parts with a Big Impact

Recycled small parts mean lower emissions
Mar 7, 2017 8:05 AM ET

As featured originally on Daimler.com

Naturally, automotive manufacturing requires a high volume of materials. To protect the earth's resources, Daimler turns to recyclates. For that reason, this issue is also central in our Design for Environment. Since 2014, even the smallest series parts have contributed to environmentally sound production.

Recyclates are recycled plastics that come in whole or in part from processed production waste or old materials. Thanks to lower volumes of raw materials and their processing, along with transport, we can reduce CO₂ emissions and costs. Previously, production at Mercedes-Benz replaced only larger parts, such as wheel arch covers, with recyclates. It was high time, then, for smaller parts to make the change, thought Boze Mrsic and Alexandra Krieger, employees in R&D for Mercedes-Benz Cars. The result was a reduction of about 1,000 tons of CO₂ per year.​

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