Opportunity

Autoliv is the world’s leading manufacturer of automotive protective systems for all major automotive OEMs. We use various polymers in automotive safety applications, such as airbags, steering wheels, and seats. As the ecological footprint becomes increasingly essential for the automotive industry, we aim to find alternatives to used polymers, rubber, and related glass fiber fillers with reduced GHG emission intensity.

Opportunity overview

Autoliv consumes more than 70 tons of polymers per year, excluding textiles. To reach our 2040 emission targets and fulfill the increasing needs of our customers, we currently need to offset the emissions associated with our polymer use. With this opportunity, we aim to develop a new, more sustainable generation of safety products such as airbags, steering wheels, and seatbelts. More specifically, we want to reduce the GHG intensity and other sustainability impacts, such as land use of our polymers with primary attributes. A desired solution could involve using more sustainable virgin materials and recycling the materials more efficiently.

Preferred partners must also be able to demonstrate the required performance in an automotive interior context and show the scalability of their process in very large-scale serial production. We are open to investigating a wide range of high-performing polymers. The challenge is to have a primary attribute equal to today’s performance that can be offered to Autoliv customers as a premium product with more design options.

Your opportunity with Autoliv

With Autoliv or a selected partner, this project has the potential for a disruptive change, starting at a fundamental level but with an outlook toward large-scale industrialization. With our yearly polymer use of 70 tons or more, there is also a significant business opportunity. A selected partner will have the chance to utilize our vast expertise, from material science to large-scale industrial manufacturing.

For an interested partner to be considered, they must demonstrate fundamental innovation and the ability to scale up to large series production without compromising product quality. After a successful feasibility phase to ensure our requirements are met, we aim for 2-3 years to market for the initial launch.

Examples we're looking for

Bio-based polymers

A successful solution could help replace fossil fuel-based polymers with a bio-based alternative.

Polymer recycling

A successful solution could help reduce the overall GHG intensity associated with the polymers by introducing more efficient recycling methods.

Performance

Our materials must meet the highest performance standards as an automotive safety supplier. Therefore, a successful solution cannot compromise quality and performance compared to today’s materials.

Autoliv is the worldwide leader in automotive safety systems. Through their group companies, they develop, manufacture, and market protective systems, such as airbags, seatbelts, and steering wheels, for all major automotive manufacturers in the world as well as mobility safety solutions, such as pedestrian protection, connected safety services and safety solutions for riders of powered two-wheelers.Autoliv challenges and re-defines the standards of mobility safety to sustainably deliver leading solutions. In 2022, Autoliv products saved close to 35,000 lives and reduced more than 450,000 injuries. Their close to 70,000 associates in 27 countries are passionate about our vision of Saving More Lives and quality is at the heart of everything we do. We drive innovation, research, and development at our 14 technical centers, with their 20 test tracks.
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