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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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Jun 26, 2007 | Industry News

Light Weight High-Strength Composite from Quadrant Plastic Composites finds All-Round use in Car Interiors

Car makers around the world are looking at new ways to optimize the space inside their cars. Ford's new Galaxy and S-Max MPV (multi-purpose vehicle) is a prime example of this trend, with its...

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Jun 25, 2007 | Industry News

Hella Turns to Vectra® LCP for Auto Distance Sensor Cover

When Hella, a major automotive supplier based in Lippstadt, Germany, developed a new lane-change assistance system to help prevent dangerous traffic situations, it adopted Vectra® liquid crystal...

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Jun 25, 2007 | Article

Innovative automotive glass fiber-free headliner

The American firm M-Tek Inc. has developed an innovative kind of automotive headliner that does not include glass fiber. In fact the firm has chosen a low-density glass mat thermoplastic material...

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Jun 25, 2007 | Article

New mineral flame retardant for plastics

The German firm Nabaltec GmbH, a specialist in flame retardant systems, has developed Apyral® AOH, a new range of mineral flame retardants based on boehmite chemistry (or aluminum monohydrate i.e...

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Jun 22, 2007 | Industry News

Mercedes Front End in Fabric-Reinforced GMTex™ from Quadrant Plastic Composites is an All-Round First

Important weight savings, crash performance, high thermal stability and corrosion resistance were key factors in Mercedes-Benz's decision to choose Quadrant Plastic Composites' GMTex™...

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Jun 26, 2007 | Industry News

Unique single material solution from Borealis delivers novel interior for Mercedes C-Class

A single material solution from Borealis, a leading provider of innovative, value-creating plastics solutions, has enabled Daimler Chrysler to create a high quality interior for its new Mercedes...

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Jun 25, 2007 | Industry News

High-Performance GMTex™ from Quadrant Plastic Composites Protects Mercedes M-Class Off-Road Package

As is only fitting for a luxury space utility vehicle, the latest version of the Mercedes-Benz M-Class comes with an optional high-performance under-body shield that not only protects it from stones...

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Jun 25, 2007 | Article

New hard soft composite based on PA and EPDM

Conventional hard-soft composites are made of metal and rubber. The High Performance Polymers business unit of Degussa AG has designed and patented the first plastic rubber composite between...

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Jun 22, 2007 | Industry News

Delcam software used to machine automotive master models from Polystyrene

Premier Patterns used Delcam’s PowerMILL CAM system to produce an automotive master model from polystyrene foam instead of using the more usual clay. Andrew Timmins, one of the Birmingham-based...

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Jun 22, 2007 | Article

New POM grades for gear applications

The American materials producer DuPont has introduced six new polyoxymethylene (POM) grades specially designed for gear applications in the automotive industry. These polyacetal materials are said...

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