As we transition from the paradigm of linear production to the circular economy, final products exiting from production lines should then be increasingly able to be recycled in order to reintroduce environmental relevant materials into the process again.
The electric, autonomous car-sharing ecosystem is anticipated to become part of a larger integrated, multimodal ecosystem. There is likely to be an emphasis on highly customised, seamless and on-demand transportation services that will re-shape the demand from automotive customers. New EV and autonomous platforms will offer engineering flexibility to different vehicle body type, wider and inter-changeable internal layout like in a living room extension and wider opportunities for material applications, customization.
Such convergence will also involve an agile re-alignment of new vehicle features in compliance with sustainability targets, as OEMs will select suppliers based on the contribution they can give to their sustainability roadmap and end customers will have increasing sensibility to circular economy, waste reduction, sustainable materials, re-cycling rates and overall manufacturing efficiency.
Sustainability best practices pertaining to vehicle seats
Sustainability is not only a question of materials but also of process. For vehicle seating systems and cutting room suppliers, sustainability means a strong focus on material and scrap management: an ongoing effort that enables continuous improvement in key areas, especially more efficient use of labour, optimal material usage and reduced waste.
Automotive suppliers are re-shaping their value proposition to respond to such challenges and specifically the cutting room by positioning themselves as a strategic partner to support achieving and communicating best in-class sustainability targets via:
- Developing an efficient cutting room process aiming to deliver zero waste and almost zero-buffer cutting
- Reducing emissions and environmental footprint during operations
How Lectra are addressing the sustainability challenge
In order to cope with CASE trends, sustainability challenges, automotive OEMs and end customers’ requests, Lectra structured its value proposition to maximise benefits from the cutting room operations with a core focus on achieving zero buffer, with two core solutions:
- Vector Automotive iP series: the first fabric solution to achieve 0-buffer cutting
- Versalis Automotive: the digital cutting solution for optimal leather use and material savings
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