To the Editor:
In reference to the Nov. 28 article about Japanese cost-reduction ("Japanese play the risky game of removing content"), I disagree with the implication that automotive components made from lower-cost recycled plastics are inferior to those made from virgin material. That is far from the truth, and unfortunately that misconception is prevalent in the automotive industry.
For more than 15 years, AGS Technology Inc. has produced economical, top-quality automotive plastic components based on recycled plastics. We at AGS have fought long and hard to overcome the mistaken belief that recycled plastics are substandard.
We believe that it is important to set the record straight so that designers and engineers feel confident that there are no quality or performance compromises in the judicious use of recycled plastics. In fact, the performance characteristics of recycled plastics can be enhanced so that superior automotive components can be manufactured at a much lower cost.
A better product at a lower cost while improving our environment -- what's there not to like?