The Universal Selection Source: Plastics & Elastomers

The automotive industry uses engineered polymer composites and plastics in a wide range of applications. Leading experts say there are four areas that require highest-priority research and development with plastics: interior, body and exterior, powertrain and chassis, light weighting.

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Oct 31, 2005 | Article

Plastic Fuel Cell Membranes bring a Hydrogen Economy Closer

Hydrogen power and other advanced energy sources are very much on the research agenda these days in the wake of soaring fossil fuel prices and growing concerns about human-induced global warming. A...

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Sep 20, 2005 | Article

Automakers Seek Payoffs from Paint-free Technologies

Automobile manufacturers are slowly adopting new in-mold plastic decoration technologies that may allow them to eliminate some of the expensive painting stations in their factories. These stations...

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Aug 24, 2005 | Article

The Process of Vibration Welding

In my day, Boy Scout manuals described a method for creating a fire by rubbing two pieces of dry wood together. However, this particular Boy Scout was never successful at creating anything more than...

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Jan 17, 2005 | Article

Soft-Touch Elastomers Gain Traction in Automotive Markets

Automobile manufacturers looking for cost-effective ways to differentiate their models from the competition are increasingly turning to soft-touch thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs). Such materials...

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Jun 23, 2004 | Article

Enhanced Visual Impact of Effect Pigments in Multi-Layer Extruded Films

Currently, in the United States, Europe and Asia, most new vehicles are manufactured from new or recycled steel and painted with a liquid paint system on their exterior. In the last few years, a...

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Oct 17, 2005 | Article

Under-hood Applications of Nylon Accelerate

Nylon 6 and 66 polymers are playing a growing role in under-the-hood components for automobiles, where they are competing with the incumbent materials - metals and thermoset plastics. The popularity...

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Sep 7, 2005 | Article

Easy Recylability Spurs Interest in All-PP Composites

Because of their excellent price-performance ratio, polypropylene (PP) composites are growing rapidly in the automotive industry and other high-volume outlets. But the glass fillers used to...

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Jun 29, 2005 | Article

Fluoropolymers Gain in Industrial, Auto and Aerospace Sectors

Polymers containing fluorine atoms, or fluoropolymers, have been articles of commerce for decades. Known for their exceptional resistance to chemicals and corrosion, usage temperatures up to 260° C...

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Oct 6, 2004 | Article

Auto Sound Damping Drives Ahead on Many Fronts

Plastics have made inroads into automobiles for a host of reasons, including lower costs, weight reduction, parts consolidation, styling, corrosion resistance and safety. Now, automakers around the...

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Jun 10, 2004 | Article

New technologies drive plastic fuel line advances

Plastics have recently made tremendous inroads in automotive fuel systems. In fact, some 92% of all fuel tanks in Europe and 74% in North America are now made of plastics, mostly multilayer HDPE...

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