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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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Sep 7, 2020 | Industry News

SABIC’s PEI Powder Finds Use in Jiangsu Hansu’s UD Composites Tapes

Jiangsu Hansu introduces a new family of high-performance, unidirectional (UD) composite tapes — H-poly-Stallone-CF7000_PEI — made with continuous carbon fiber and SABIC’s ULTEM™ 1000F3SP powder at...

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Aug 7, 2020 | Industry News

Toyota Uses BASF’s Solutions to Achieve 30% Weight Reduction in Seatbacks

BASF and Toyota Motor North America Research & Development collaborate to achieve lightweighting success with the new 2021 Toyota Sienna. Toyota wanted an injection molding part that was a...

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Jul 30, 2020 | Industry News

Toray to Supply Carbon Fiber Composites for Lilium’s All-electric Jet Aircraft

Toray Industries announces the conclusion of an agreement with Lilium to supply carbon fiber composite materials for the Lilium Jet. Lilium is developing an all-electric, vertical take-off and...

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Jul 24, 2020 | Article

Designing High Durability Industrial Parts Using PC-based Urethane Prepolymers

By SpecialChem

Polyurethane parts are increasingly replacing metal, rubber and other plastic components in a wide range of industries and applications. Each application has its own demands which dictate the...

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Jul 20, 2020 | Industry News

Conventus to Distribute EMS-GRIVORY's Transparent Polyamides for Metal Replacement

Conventus Polymers has been named an authorized distributor of EMS-GRIVORY's extensive line of specialty nylons in the U.S. and Canada. The agreement covers a broad range of specialty nylon...

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Jul 16, 2020 | Industry News

New Technology to Develop Carbon Fiber Composites to Replace Metal Parts

9T Labs and Setforge will replace metals with high-performance carbon fiber composites for automotive, aerospace and industrial applications. Additive Fusion Technology™ enables serial production of...

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Jul 8, 2020 | Industry News

LANXESS to Present Thermoplastic Composites for Brake Pedals and more at PIAE

LANXESS to present lightweight solutions based on our Tepex-branded continuous-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites for brake pedals as well as structural components of the vehicle body and...

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Jun 4, 2020 | Industry News

Carbo-Link Develops CFRP-based Hangers for Stuttgart Stadtbahn Bridge in Germany

Teijin has announced that its carbon fiber is used to develop hangers for the Stuttgart Stadtbahn bridge in Germany. The 72 hangers are produced with Teijin carbon fiber Tenax® by Carbo-Link AG in...

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May 28, 2020 | Industry News

Ensinger’s New Metal-replacement Fiber-reinforced Thermoplastic Plates

Ensinger has developed continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic plates for applications where the mechanical requirements are too high for unreinforced or short fiber-reinforced plastic stock...

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May 26, 2020 | Industry News

Covestro’s Polycarbonate for Light-weight Automotive LED Fog Lamp Housing

Covestro’s thermally conductive (TC) polycarbonate has now been used to mold an automotive LED fog lamp housing. This component, used in a light truck by a major OEM, was named a finalist in the...

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