Yanfeng Automotive Interiors (YFAI) earned exclusive use of Prisma Renewable Composites’ plant-based material in the development of automotive interiors after an agreement has been recently signed by both parties.
The collaboration between Yanfeng and Prisma will present the latter’s lignin-based material, BioLAN™ to YFAI’s customer base as an alternative material to Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) plastic in different automotive interior applications. BioLAN™, which is produced from lignin, has higher UV resistance, and higher tensile strength while lessening total greenhouse gas emissions. Lignin is a natural byproduct of the pulp and paper making process and functions as the “glue” that surrounds the cell walls of trees and grasses.
"YFAI continually looks outside of the industry for materials that not only have applicability for use in automotive interiors but also are beneficial from a sustainability perspective," said Jeff Stout, Executive Director, innovation and new mobility, North America, for YFAI. "We see great promise in the BioLAN™ material."
"Prisma and YFAI's agreement is an important step forward in environmental stewardship and is one of the first of its kind regarding this application for lignin," said Adam McCall, Founder and CEO, Prisma Renewable Composites. "For decades, it has been the dream of many scientists to find a higher value purpose for lignin, due to its incredible potential."