GE Plastics Thursday unveiled two new resins, Valox iQ and Xenoy iQ, additions to an environmentally progressive resin portfolio developed as part of GE's ecomagination initiative.
GE said the new products were developed as a result of a two-year initiative at GE Plastics that examined the company's manufacturing processes to redefine how its products can be made to be cleaner and more environmentally responsible than traditional materials.
For global automotive manufacturers, including Japanese OEMs, the new resins offer options to address three critical environmental concerns: conserving energy, lowering greenhouse gas emissions, and reducing post-consumer waste, the company said.
Valox iQ and Xenoy iQ resins are created with polybutylene terephthalate (PBT)-based polymers derived from 85 percent post-consumer plastic waste. They consume less energy and yield less carbon dioxide (CO2) in their manufacturing than traditional resins.
"In terms of both eco responsibility and high performance, Valox iQ and Xenoy iQ resins represent one of the most significant technological breakthroughs coming out of GE Plastics in recent years," said Greg Adams, vice president and general manager of GE Plastics' Automotive business.