Sustainability: a matter of materials AND processes
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 customized, seamless and on-demand transportation services that will re-shape the demand from automotive customers. New EV and autonomous platforms will offer engineering flexibility for different vehicle body types, wider and interchangeable internal layouts— like in a living room extension—and wider opportunities for material applications and 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–like end customers –will have increasing sensitivity to the circular economy, waste reduction, sustainable materials, recycling rates and overall manufacturing efficiency.
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 labor, optimal material usage and reduced waste.
A sustainability roadmap for vehicle seating system suppliers
Automotive suppliers are reshaping their value proposition to respond to such challenges, specifically in the cutting room, by positioning themselves as a strategic partner to support achieving and communicating best in-class sustainability targets by:
- Developing an efficient cutting room process aiming to deliver zero waste and almost zero-buffer cutting
- Reducing emissions and environmental footprint during operations
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