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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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Sep 18, 2017 | Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Headlamp Optical Elements Made of Evonik's Molding Compounds

Mercedes-Benz installs Evonik’s PLEXIGLAS® and PLEXIMID® transparent molding compounds-based LED Intelligent Light System from Automotive Lighting in its C-Class. Materials used as optical elements...

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Sep 15, 2017 | Product News

Eastman Earns USDA Certified Biobased Product Label for TRĒVA Engineering Bioplastic

Eastman secures USDA Certified Biobased Product Label for its TRĒVA engineering bioplastic. Due to it high biobased content TRĒVA is the better choice for electronics, automotive interior...

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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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Sep 6, 2017 | Industry News

Daikin Acquires Heroflon to Expand its High-performance Fluoropolymer Business

Daikin has agreed to acquire Italian fluoropolymer compounds manufacturer Heroflon. With this acquisition, Daikin aims for full entry into the market of fluoropolymer compounds and the development...

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Sep 5, 2017 | Product News

DSM Develops New PA-based Solution for Hydrogen Storing Composite Tanks

Royal DSM has introduced a material solution for high-pressure composite tanks for hydrogen storage in vehicles. Polyamide liner greatly reduces weight compared to metal in high-pressure composite...

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Sep 15, 2017 | Industry News

DIC Corp. Plans to Expand Komaki Plant’s PPS Compound Production Capacity

DIC Corporation announced that it has resolved to expand the production capacity for PPS compounds. Widely used as an alternative to metals in automotive and electrical parts, PPS are a class of...

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Sep 13, 2017 | Industry News

Polyplastics Reports Strong Growth for DURACON® POM for Gear/Bearing Markets

Especially designed of gears and bearings used in automotive parts, home appliances, office automation systems and audiovisual devices, Polyplastics reports strong global demand for DURACON® POM...

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Sep 8, 2017 | Product News

ELIX Polymers’ New ABS & PC/ABS Grades Can Reduce Undesirable Noises in Auto Parts

ELIX Polymers has developed a range of specialty grades of ABS and PC/ABS to reduce the squeak. Offering possibility for significant cost savings, these new grades reduces undesirable noises that...

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Sep 5, 2017 | Industry News

AMRC Helps Bentley Reduce Weight & Greenhouse Gas Emissions Using Composites

The Composite Centre at the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) is installing a unique, high pressure press as part of a project to help luxury car manufacturer...

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Sep 5, 2017 | Industry News

Ultrapolymers Extends Distribution Portfolio; Adds LyondellBasell’s PP-based TPO

Ultrapolymers has extended its broad distribution portfolio of PP-based TPOs with Hiflex CA 7600 A from LyondellBasell. Exterior and interior automotive parts, cable sheathings and roofing membranes...

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