Damaged car windows and windshields are often recycled if the cracked part can’t be repaired, but a closed material loop for damaged car glass has thus far been nonexistent. Audi and its partner companies Reiling Glas Recycling, Saint-Gobain Glass and Saint-Gobain Sekurit are doing pioneering work in this area through a joint pilot project. These partner companies want to turn damaged car glass into a recyclable material for series production, and they’ve drawn up a multi-stage process to that end. First, the car glass is crushed through an innovative recycling process. After that, all non-glass contaminants such as adhesive residue are separated out. The glass granules recovered this way are melted down and processed into new plate glass. This plate glass is then turned into new car windows and windshields. If this pilot project is successful, the glass manufactured this way could potentially be used for models in the Audi Q4 e-tron range.