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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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Nov 21, 2017 | Article

Automotive Thermoplastic & Natural Fiber Composites on the Move!

By Donald Rosato

Advanced material technologies are making breakthroughs in weight savings to meet increasingly tough automotive emission targets. Some of the latest thermoplastic and natural fiber composite...

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Sep 11, 2017 | Article

Advancing Composites - Adding Carbon Fiber to the Designer’s Palette

By Mark DeMeuse

Carbon fiber composite materials that were initially developed primarily for use in the aerospace industry are now attracting interest in new applications. Structural & performance advantages...

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Mar 2, 2017 | Article

Self-Reinforced Polyolefin: Material of the Future

By Mark DeMeuse

Self-reinforced plastics (SRPs) are a much talked about materials in plastics industry these days. Few key attributes noted for these SRPs include high strength, same level of recyclability and...

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Dec 6, 2016 | Article

NVH Reduction in Automotives: Strategies to Use

By Edward M. Petrie

Government laws and regulations are among the several factors which contribute to the growth of the Global Automotive NVH Materials market. NHV regulations to date have addressed noise from the...

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Nov 8, 2016 | Article

Engineering Solutions with PA66: Interview with Ascend Performance Materials at K 2016

By Sreeparna Das

  At the K show, we saw a strong focus on automotive solutions. There is a big demand for high end engineering materials for under-the-hood...

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Oct 5, 2017 | Article

High Heat Plastic Materials Turning Up the Heat!

By Donald Rosato

High heat plastics have been among the fastest growing plastics products entering new & challenging applications, like: Military / aerospace, automotive, electronics... Although, it is still...

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Jul 11, 2017 | Article

How Thermoplastic Composites Reduce Vehicle Weight?

By Mark DeMeuse

Light weighting or mass reduction is a core focus in automotive markets where a weight reduction facilitates increased fuel economy and decreased emissions. The high strength-to-weight ratio of...

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Jan 20, 2017 | Article

Impact of China’s Auto Industry Boom on Plastics

By Dr. Kai Pflug

China has become a hub for automotive developments. According to recent stats, about 24.5 million motor vehicles were produced in China, accounting for about 27% of global vehicle production, and...

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Nov 2, 2016 | Article

K 2016 Review: Futuristic Automotive Solutions

By Sreeparna Das

When you have an event as big as the K 2016, there is a lot to cover. 3,285 exhibitors spread over 17 halls made it a force to reckon with! This year we saw a lot of focus on energy, material and...

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Aug 19, 2016 | Article

6 Big Partnerships Between OEMs & Chemical Co.s in 2016

By Sreeparna Das

Similar to other industries, for the plastics industry too, actions of big brands and OEMs have an impact down the full value chain. Things get highly interesting when they decide to join hands...

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