News article

19/11/2014

New EDANA infographic highlights the advantages of automotive nonwovens

“By studying the impact nonwovens have in all types of vehicles, we’re able to see a slice of life that hadn’t previously been studied, which has shown some amazing facts about the value of nonwovens.”

EDANA launched the next in its series of infographics, this time focused on automotive nonwovens, and their lightweight fabric for vehicles. 

These images are drawn from a study of the role different types of nonwovens play in our lives, and their effect and impact, highlighting that nonwovens not only play a huge part in our lives, but in how we live them.

The infographic, (like all in the series) are being made available to the public via the EDANA website - http://www.edana.org/discover-nonwovens/products-applications/automotive

Pierre Conrath, Director of Sustainability and Public Affairs said “EDANA represents the full value nonwovens chain, from raw materials to converted products, and in our industry, we have seen sustainability mature to an ever greater awareness and understanding of the impact and value of products that we use in our lives every day.”

“By studying the impact nonwovens have in all types of vehicles, we’re able to see a slice of life that hadn’t previously been studied, which has shown some amazing facts about the value of nonwovens.” continued Conrath.

Nonwovens are used in many different applications in vehicles, from temperature and sound insulation, seating, boot and wheel arch liners, and linings and carpets throughout the vehicle.

Every year, around 13 million new passenger cars are registered in the European Union.  If every one of those cars used modern nonwoven materials, 800,000 tonnes of CO2 could be saved.  Nonwovens are between 15-30% lighter than the traditional materials they replace, making each car more than 2kgs lighter.

By replacing heavier, less efficient materials, nonwovens use less fuel, generating less greenhouse gas emissions.  This leads to not only improved air quality, but a reduction of resources, and better health for all people.

“Representing the nonwovens and related industries, we have many positive examples to share about our member’s businesses and products,” said Abby Bailey, Director of Marketing and Communications “and these infographics are a new way in which we can help get the story out, and explain the way in which their products help to make our life not only better, but more sustainable”

The data collected in these studies will be included in the next Sustainability report, due to be released by EDANA in the 1st quarter of 2015.

The infographics will be made available in each of the application areas of the EDANA website: www.edana.org

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