A Scottish-based industrial textile company is developing a fabric that could help make car parts easier to recycle. Don & Low based in Angus, will be attempting to make car bumpers easier to recycle with their new armordon product which is a woven polypropylene fabric. Development manager David Avril said: Materials that we manufacture have a high impact resistance, particularly at low temperatures. One of the areas where there is potential are applications such as car bumpers, which are presently reinforced with glass fibres making it difficult to recycle. The company has said that the End-of-Life Vehicles Directive, which is acting as an incentive to look at alternative materials. Layers of woven strips, which are fused at the edges, make the fabric strong and light. The product can also be used as bullet-proof material. Avril added: The main interest is from ballistics, because the fabric can absorb the impact from blasts and shrapnel. We are getting interest from the military, with the situation in Iraq, but also from private individuals for personal protection because people want reinforced cars. Studies are now taking place with this technology to look into other automotive applications such as boot liners. The material for use in car bumpers is currently available and Don & Low are looking for plans to develop it.