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Metal Replacement
Durable plastics consume less energy during the production process and replaces metals. Due to metal substitution not only weight can be saved but also an increasing number of functions can be integrated in an individual application.

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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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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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Apr 4, 2016 | Article

Tracking Thermoplastic Composites Trends with A. Schulman

By SpecialChem

Thermoplastic composites address needs in a multitude of key markets such as automotive, aerospace, oil & gas, and electrical. We caught up with Frank Roederer, Senior Vice President and General...

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Mar 4, 2016 | Article

Medical: 5 Inspiring Metal Replacement Cases

By Donald Rosato

Plastics are highly successful in replacing metal in medical applications. They offer improved performance in tandem with lower systems cost. The global medical plastics market will reach a value...

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May 5, 2015 | Article

Innovative Electrical and Electronic Breakthrough Technologies

By Donald 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...

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Dec 16, 2016 | Article

2016 Highlights: Plastics Innovations & Trends that Stood Out!

By Sreeparna Das

2016 is almost over… and it’s time to look back at how the year was for the plastics industry. Overall, we saw some key trends emerging such as 3D printing, industry 4.0, automotive...

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Jun 30, 2016 | Article

Automotive Light-weighting and What it Means for Plastics

By Alan Dubin

It has been estimated that for every 100 kg weight saved in a car, the CO2 emissions are reduced by 8.5-10 g/km. Under currently pending EU norms, the fleet average to be achieved by all new cars...

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Mar 18, 2016 | Article

Hot Plastics for Cool LED: 18 Unmissable Polymer Solutions

By Sreeparna Das

The use of Plastics in LED offers several benefits like Cost savings, Design flexibility, Weight reduction, Part consolidation and Greener manufacturing. Few important figures related to the LED...

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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...

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Jan 16, 2015 | Article

Automotive Light-weighting Technologies at the Forefront

By Donald 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...

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