Japanese company has developed an integrated manufacturing system for recovering
odd-end fabrics created by shearing during the production of car air bags, turning
these wastes into a high-performance nylon plastic.

Toyobo Co. says that the reprocessed waste can be used in the manufacture of
automobile engines and air bag cavity coverings, as well as in bicycle wheels
and shopping carts. The company sells the regenerated nylon plastic to automobile
parts manufacturers.

Its recovery process involves the crushing of sheared odd-end fabrics, which
are then melted to form high-strength, highly elastic plastic. The company claims
that for airbag manufacturers, "sorting and disposal costs…are decreased

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