Go Green ! Well that’s what the Volvo Cars have decided to do. By 2025 they are going to use recycled plastic. The Swedish manufacturer have decided to be an active member of the green movement the automobile industry has incorporated.
The XC60 T8 plug in hybrid SUV which they have recently unveiled, at the Ocean summit during the Gothenburg Volvo Ocean Race stopover, has several of its plastic components made from recycled plastic. The components suppliers has also been requested by the company to use recycled plastic. The campaign is named “Turn the Tide on Plastics”. “Volvo Cars is committed to minimising its global environmental footprint. Environmental care is one of the company’s core values and we will continue to find new ways to bring this into our business. This car and our recycled plastics ambition are further examples of that commitment,” said Håkan Samuelsson, President and CEO of the company.
“Extensive recycling and reuse of plastic is vital to our efforts to turn the tide on plastic pollution. Volvo’s move to integrate plastic waste into the design of their next fleet of cars sets a new benchmark that we hope others in the car industry will follow. This is proof that this problem can be solved by design and innovation,” are the words of the Head of UN Environment, Erik Solheim.
The manufacturer’s plant in Skövde, Sweden has also earned its name as the first climate neutral plant, which ensures that the amount of Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere isn’t increased by the processes going on in the plant.
They had also inaugurated their Charleston, South Carolina Plant on 20th June. Their global manufacturing strategy is “Build where you sell”. “The Charleston plant establishes the US as our third home market,” said Håkan Samuelsson. He further added, “The sedan segment and the SPA platform’s proven ability to boost profitability offer significant growth opportunities for Volvo Cars in the US and globally.” Anders Gustafsson, President and CEO of the USA segment, also made a statement, “The opening of our first American factory is a very big deal. Our US business is developing well, our cars have won prestigious awards, and the new South Carolina facility will be a big asset to both Volvo Cars and the community.”
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