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Resource Cycle  

Now that the entire planet faces the threat of resource and energy depletion, one of the most important responsibilities of companies these days is to make most efficient use of the available resources, while minimizing their environmental impact. By setting an example of ensuring the virtuous circle of resource use throughout the entire range of its activities and operations, HMC is becoming a leader of environmental management.

1. Design for Recycling

Digital verification of recyclability If environmental protection is the top objective, improving recyclability of a vehicle should be one of the top priority development objectives, and this is why we assess recyclability when we are developing new vehicle models. For example, our engineers evaluate the ease of dismantling for recycling using 3D design models. When a problem is detected, the engineers consult with the part designer and make changes to ensure we achieve the best possible level of recyclability for the new vehicle.

2. Ease of dismantling evaluation

All new vehicles developed by HMC are evaluated for ease of dismantling. First, the vehicles are subjected to digital verification of recyclability when a 3D blue print is completed. Prototype models are built based on the blue print and verified for recyclability standard. The prototype model is then disassembled to verify the ease of dismantling, the results of which are compared to previously developed models. The results are then recorded and supplied to engineers working on the development of the next new vehicle.

3. Development of improved fastner for increased ease of dismantling

HMC is making design changes to parts which improved dismantling. The development of a new type of fastner is one of the key focuses of our design improvement. The new fastner is expected to reduce the cost of dismantling as well as the cost of repair services.

4. End of life vehicle dismantling technology

Advanced OBD -linked airbag deployment device Currently, removal of the airbag is one of the most time consuming steps in vehicle recycling, which increases the overall cost of vehicle recycling. The automotive industry developed an international standard on airbag deployment, the ISO 26021 after working together to reduce the time required for airbag deployment. Following the new standard, HMC developed a new airbag deployment device which can make removal of airbags much less time consuming. Technology has also been developed for using the deployed airbag in the manufacture of other automobile parts..

5. Lithium-ion battery discharger

Electric vehicles (EV) and hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) have high voltage batteries which can pose a risk to people involved in vehicle recycling and disposal operations. Recognizing the risk, HMC has developed a lithium-ion battery discharger which enables the safe disposal or recycling of high voltage batteries in EVs and HEVs. HMC will continue to develop advanced technologies that enable the safe recycling of all types of automobiles manufactured by HMC.

Lithium-ion battery discharger

6. Advanced automobile recycling system program

Since 2012, HMC has participated in the advanced automobile recycling system program in partnership with the Kia motor company. The program is an initiative of the Korean Ministry of Environment and is expected to recover 51 tons of waste refrigerant (300g per vehicle) which will cause 110,000 tons less of CO2 to enter the atmosphere.

7. Automobile Recycling Center

HMC is operating an Automobile Recycling Center (ARC) for the efficient recycling of vehicles and the development of vehicle dismantling technologies. The ARC has an eight step processing line designed to efficiently dismantle and recycle vehicles with over 95% of recycling rate. Over 4,000 prototypes and test vehicles built as part of new vehicle development are recycled at the center each year. New recycling techniques and technologies are developed at the center, which are then shared with external vehicle recyclers. We are also developing a low-cost vehicle dismantling system for use by third party automobile recyclers.