Research and innovation

Developments in the automotive and recycling sectors are following one another in quick succession and ARN is keeping a careful eye on these. ARN is also trying to play its part and stimulates research and processes that ultimately contribute to high quality recycling. ARN uses knowledge that it develops in house, but certainly also knowledge that it acquires externally.

Reuse

A large percentage of an end-of-life vehicle is already reused. However, it is still a challenge to further optimise the recycling process and find sales markets for secondary raw materials that meet the legal requirements. Bumpers made by Renault are a good example of this. Recycled plastic makes up 30% of these bumpers. The PST plant in Tiel supplies the materials for these through the company Galloo.

Carbon footprint of the recycling chain

ARN has been working on mapping out its carbon footprint since 2010. For instance, this enabled the carbon footprint of the PST plant in Tiel to be identified in 2016. But we want to know more. That is why Business Development is working on mapping out the carbon footprint of the entire chain. This will enable us to trace the environmental impact of ARN’s activities and its chain partners so that we can set targets for these in the future.

 

Looking to the future

ARN places great importance on acquiring knowledge about the latest developments so it can achieve high quality and responsible car recycling in the future too. Who are the developers and professional colleagues of the future? Students. That is why we regularly organise activities with this target group for sharing and gathering knowledge. This includes, for instance, a lunchtime meeting organised by ARN at Eindhoven University of Technology. Here students from various fields of study can discuss the developments in the automotive sector, car recycling and innovations.