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Metal Replacement


Plastics have over-taken metals in many different industries with the superior quality and ease of processing. Metals are being replaced frequently for weight reduction and inducing desired properties.

Durable plastics consume less energy during the production process and are cost-effective as well as tunable. Automotive and aircraft industries are innovating with plastics to replace heavy metals.

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Nov 6, 2013 | Article

CAFE 2025: Automakers' Challenge, Plastics Opportunity

By Michel Biron

The NHTSA has recently set standards to increase the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) levels rapidly over the next several years. Fuel consumption comes from the energy needed for: The motion...

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Oct 7, 2013 | Article

Biocomposites in Automotive Applications

By Muthuramalingam Krishnan

The recent forecasts indicate that the Crude oil price will reach $100 dollar per barrel in 2015, $120 in 2020, $130 in 2025, and $150 per barrel in 2035. Now we all are in a situation where there...

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Sep 1, 2013 | Article

Polymer-based Structural Parts for Light-weight Cars

Weight reduction has always been one of the main concerns of carmakers, and will also be there in the coming decades; especially now when fuel price is high as compared in the seventies. No doubt...

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Jun 26, 2013 | Article

Boost Performance-to-Cost Ratios

By Michel Biron

Compared to traditional metals, steel and aluminum, plastic resins are expensive and their high costs must be compensated for by a smart exploitation of their unique properties and the broad...

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Jun 17, 2013 | Article

Recent Developments in Epoxies for Use as Prepreg Materials

By Mark DeMeuse

Prepreg materials were once only prevalently used in the aerospace and high performance sectors of the general composite area. Recently, however, they have become increasingly more common across...

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May 27, 2013 | Article

Metal Replacement Advances with High End Compounds

By Thibaud Deleger

Engineering plastics and thermoset materials have already succeeded many times in replacing metal in multiple markets. Although the automotive industry is by far the major outcome for metal...

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Apr 30, 2013 | Article

Thermoplastic-based Composites Make their Mark at JEC 2013

By Thibaud Deleger

A significant penetration of the composite industry has been witnessed over the past few years with the so-called thermoplastic-based composite compounds. Once a polymeric material has been chosen...

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Apr 8, 2013 | Article

JEC 2013 Review: Composites Innovations

By Thibaud Deleger

Once again the annual International Composites Show organized by the JEC Group in Paris was a great event to learn from the latest innovations of the entire composites value chain. The main key...

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Mar 1, 2013 | Article

Main Plastics to be Used in Electrical Vehicles

The January 2013 Click'N Vote attracted many members around the question of what will be the plastics materials benefiting the most of the growth of electrical vehicles (EV). The results of this...

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Feb 18, 2013 | Article

Automobiles Push Renewable Plastic and Composite Use

By Michel Biron

Natural fibers slowly fell into disuse for performance problems due to low mechanical properties, high moisture absorption, ageing sensitivity. Now, there is a renewed interest related to...

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