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Feb 5, 2016 | Article

Weight Reduction Technologies in the Automotive Industry

By Mayur Mhapankar

Increasing pollution from the transportation sector has led to strict regulations on automobile manufacturers to curb harmful emissions. With stringent regulations and heavy penalties to contend with, automakers across the globe are on a constant lookout for different methods and technologies that help curb vehicular emissions. Reducing a vehicle’...

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Jan 27, 2016 | Article

Automotive Lightweighting Technologies at the Forefront 2016

By Don Rosato

Over the past 15 years, cars have not become lighter, but are rather some 30% heavier. Plastics are helping to shed weight without compromising the safety and comfort features mainly responsible for the upward weight spiral. However, the biggest challenge is to meet new emissions regulations; the primary driver in vehicle weight reduction, even aft...

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Oct 30, 2015 | Article

Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Driving the Future of Automotive

By Alan Dubin

The major energy sources used for internal combustion engines, since their inception in the late 19th century, have been gasoline and diesel fuel, with occasional use of electricity depending on the type of vehicle. The gasoline engine is...

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Aug 28, 2015 | Article

Photovoltaic Plastics Innovations and Opportunities Thriving

Exploring the new and emerging plastics materials, processing and applications in this major renewable energy segment is the focus of the SpecialChem, 7th edition, online course Polymers in Photovoltaics (PV): Innovations & Opportunities.

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Jan 30, 2015 | Article

Biopolymers' Overview - Types, Synthesis, Properties, Innovations and Key Players

By Don Rosato

There are two main types of biopolymers: those that come from living organisms; and, those which need to be polymerized but come from renewable resources. Both types are used in the production of bioplastics. Biopolymers that are present in, or created by, living organisms include carbohydrates and proteins.These can be used in the production of pl...

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Feb 3, 2016 | Article

Fast Curing Epoxy Resins for High Pressure RTM Process (Automotive)

By Mark DeMeuse

As you know, using composites materials is a great way to reduce the weight of a car. Yet, the condition to introduce such materials in higher volume commercial model vehicles is the ability to go fast. The entire process requires a short cycle time of less than 5 minutes for the process to be viable for the automotive mass production volumes. Eq...

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Jan 13, 2016 | Article

Filled Plastics: Key Processing Challenges & Industry Solutions

By Mark DeMeuse

This article is focused on processing issues that are associated with filled systems and how those problems are currently addressed in the plastics industry. The realization that filled systems, particularly ones with high filler loadings, will not behave identically to the unfilled neat polymers has been the primary background for the issues that ...

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Sep 16, 2015 | Article

Wood-Plastic Composites (WPC) - Global Overview, Production and Applications

Wood Plastic Composites or WPCs - the combination of wood and plastic - are gaining popularity as a safe, environmentally sustainable and long-lasting material for use in outdoor decks, fences, railing and window frames. Today, WPCs can be found everywhere from National Parks to your neighbor's backyard. WPCs offer a wide range of advantages over a...

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May 5, 2015 | Article

Innovative Electrical and Electronic Breakthrough Technologies

By Don Rosato

The E&E market ranks as the 3rd largest plastics end use market, only exceeded in volume size by packaging and building and construction, yet the E&E sector uniquely crosses over all of the twenty major plastics markets, namely packaging, building and construction, automotive, electrical and electronics, appliance, medical, consumer products, toy, ...

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Jan 16, 2015 | Article

Automotive Light-weighting Technologies at the Forefront

By Don Rosato

Exploring the weight advantages of new engineered thermoplastic and thermoset materials and composites against a backdrop of advanced metal technology is the focus of this article. There is a huge interest in auto market in exploring new materials. There is a huge interest in the auto market in exploring new materials and processes to deliver light...

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