Sustainable Automotive Materials

Mitsui Plastics, Inc. provides a wide variety of resins and traditional automotive manufacturing materials, as a partner of our planet, we strive to shift towards a more sustainable future by offering several eco-friendly products that are a direct replacement for traditional automotive materials while still maintaining key specifications.

Check out our new Sustainable & New Materials Brochure to learn about the latest environmentally conscious offerings from Mitsui Plastics, Inc.

Sustainable Product Offerings:


Recycled Grade:

  • Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) Material
    • Contains 20-30% recycled content and maintains key technical specifications.
    • Available in vast color and speckled options.
    • Perfect for a drop-in replacement for Polypropylene (PP) and Thermoplastic Polyolefins (TPO) for interior and exterior applications.
  • Post-Industrial Recycled (PIR) Material
    • Contains >75% PIR content and maintains key technical specifications.
    • Ideal drop-in replacement for ABS, PC-ABS and Nylon.
    • Greatly reduces global warming potential upon manufacture!


Carbon Offset Grade:

  • Polyketone (PK) – Carbon Sequestering Material
    • A new “green” polymeric material composed of carbon monoxide and olefins that actually utilizes carbon monoxide in its manufacturing. 
    • Used in many under hood and nylon replacement applications with room for interior applications such as shift modules, arm rests and air ducts.
    • Used in electrical applications such as connectors, plugs, switches and sockets.
    • Produces little to no VOCs, has high impact strength, is anti-squeak, has high chemical resistance, good wear & abrasion behavior and good flame-retardancy.


Bio Feedstock Grade:

  • Bio-Based Polycarbonate (PC)
    • Boasts approximately 56% bio-content from its feedstock Isosorbide, which is derived from plant-based glucose.
    • Used in many glass substitution applications such as HUD screens, Center Fascia Displays and Dashboard Screens, due to its highly optical characteristics.
    • Features low birefringence, low VOCs, great surface hardness and UV resistance.
    • Used recently for the Solar Louvers on the Ford Mach E Tjin Edition. Read about this exciting project here.
  • Bio-Based Polyurethane (PU)
    • Derived from non-edible plants, such as castor seeds, offering a product containing 15% bio-content in its final product form.
    • Produces approximately only 50% of the CO2 exhaust that is produced by Petroleum-based PU.
    • Commonly used for seat cushions, this material is sought after for its increased riding comfort and increase ball rebound.


Paintless Grade

  • ABS – Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene
    • Thermoplastic with good impact and chemical resistance, easy to mold.
    • Commonly used for housings and other tough impact applications are important.
    • Reasonably priced for strong exterior applications.

  • PC ABS – Polycarbonate + Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene
    • Provides good impact resistance and strength, good UV resistance
    • Can be blended with other resins and used for premium applications such as automotive interiors.

  • TPO – Thermoplastic Polyolefin
    • Blend of plastic, elastomer and filler that helps extended regular resin properties.
    • Good strength, wear and UV resistance making it ideal for harsh outdoor applications.
    • Commonly used for interior and exterior parts due to its long life.

  • ASA – Acrylonitrile Styrene Acrylate
    • Great impact resistance and increased weathering and UV resistance, ideal for long-term outdoor use.
    • Low shrink makes this easy to design for injection molding.
    • Can be mixed with other resins to modify properties.

  • Bio-Based Polycarbonate (PC)
    • Boasts approximately 56% bio-content from its feedstock Isosorbide, which is derived from plant-based glucose.
    • Used in many glass substitution applications such as HUD screens, Center Fascia Displays and Dashboard Screens, due to its highly optical characteristics.
    • Features low birefringence, low VOCs, great surface hardness and UV resistance.
    • Used recently for the Solar Louvers on the Ford Mach E Tjin Edition. Read about this exciting project here.

  • Nylon 6 & Nylon 66
    • Thermoplastic valued for great strength and heat resistance.
    • Ideal for under hood applications where heat resistance is critical.
    • Can be combined with fibers to make composites that can replace certain metal


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