Jose Chirino

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Transitioning toward a Circular Economy for Automotive Plastics and Polymer Composites

Jose Chirino, Technical Director, Americas, LANXESS

Abstract: As circularity grows in importance, the plastics and polymer composites industry is committed to working together and with part suppliers and automakers to help the automotive industry transition to a more circular economy – we’re starting the conversation now! Mr. Jose Chirino will address ACC’s 2020 Transitioning to a Circular Economy for Automotive Plastics and Polymer CompositesReport – and discuss the requirements and opportunities for the automotive industry and its suppliers to rethink the ways that vehicles and their materials are designed, constructed, used, and handled at end of life. Transitioning toward a more circular economy will allow the automotive plastics and composites industry to continue exceeding performance requirements and bring exceptional value throughout the supply chain. In essence, it’s a new, more comprehensive way of thinking about supply chain structure, material and product design, and end-of-life recovery that has significant environmental benefits, supports longer product lifetimes, and presents a potential $4.5 trillion opportunity by 2030 for businesses - $400–600 billion of which could go to automotive companies and their suppliers.

Biography: Jose Chirino became the Chair for the ACC Automotive team in the Spring of 2019. The ACC Automotive team is a pre-competitive forum of plastics industry experts promoting broader polymer solutions for the automotive industry.

Jose is the Technical Director for the High Performance Materials business unit at LANXESS Corporation, leading the Americas technical team on the development of new products and applications for engineering plastics in automotive and the electronics industries.

His 20 years of experience in plastics, encompasses the spectrum of production to end-product, and design through application development with various polymers such as: polyurethanes, polycarbonate, polyesters and polyamides.

Jose holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

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