Browse Publications Technical Papers 1999-01-0015
1999-03-01

Life Cycle Assessment of Vinyl and TPO in Instrument Panel Skins 1999-01-0015

Vinyl (Polyvinyl chloride or PVC) is the second largest plastic sold in the world. Vinyl has been used to make instrument panel (IP) skins in the automotive market for over forty years. Recently, questions have been raised about vinyl's life cycle environmental impact. To address these questions, the Vinyl Institute (VI) and the Chlorine Chemistry Council (CCC) had Ecobalance (life cycle consulting firm) perform a life cycle analysis (LCA) comparison between a flexible Vinyl/ABS IP skin and a Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) IP skin. This paper will review the assumptions, analysis and conclusions of the LCA.

SAE MOBILUS

Subscribers can view annotate, and download all of SAE's content. Learn More »

Access SAE MOBILUS »

Members save up to 43% off list price.
Login to see discount.
Special Offer: With TechSelect, you decide what SAE Technical Papers you need, when you need them, and how much you want to pay.
X