New product is part of company’s CAP 50 plan to reduce the carbon footprint of its entire value chain
Valeo has launched Canopy, the first wiper designed to reduce CO2 emissions by 61 percent compared to a standard Valeo wiper blade.
Valeo Canopy’s rubber blade is made of more than 80 percent natural, renewable or recycled materials such as cane sugar, vegetable oils or carbon black from recycled tyres.
An increased share of recycled material is used in other components of Canopy wiper blades with up to 15 percent recycled steel in the metal structures and up to 50 percent recycled plastic in the end clips.
The Valeo Canopy range of wiper blades is delivered ready to use without unnecessary adapters to be thrown away while offering great ease of assembly. It covers 95 percent of the vehicles in the European fleet.
Valeo doesn’t stop there; Canopy also comes in a 100 percent cardboard packaging, fully recyclable and printed with solvent-free water-based inks.
In addition to this action on the specific Valeo Canopy range, Valeo is committed to eliminating single-use plastic packaging from all its wiper blade ranges by the end of 2024 in Europe, replacing them with more sustainable cardboard solutions.
Marlène Carrias-Iked, vice president strategic marketing, digital and innovation – Valeo Service, said: “As part of its ‘I Care 4 the Planet’ program, Valeo is launching with Canopy, its first aftermarket innovation designed to significantly reduce environmental impact.
”This offer responds to an increasing demand for sustainability among consumers. Valeo Canopy windshield wipers are scheduled to go on sale in Europe starting this summer in order to be ready for the rainy season.“
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