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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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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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May 18, 2020 | Industry News

New Thermoset Polymer-based Camshaft Module Lowers Automotive Engine Weight

A research team from the Fraunhofer Institute (ICT) has succeeded in manufacturing a camshaft module from fiber-reinforced thermoset polymers. This lightweight design element helps lower engine...

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Apr 20, 2020 | Industry News

LANXESS’ PA6 Improves Barrier-effect of BMW’s Motorcycle Tanks

LANXESS’ Durethan BC550Z 900116 DUSXBL is used in the motorcycle tanks of BMW Motorrad’s models F 900 R and F 900 XR. The unreinforced and impact-modified polyamide 6 comfortably meets the stringent...

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Apr 13, 2020 | Industry News

LANXESS Co-develops Thermoplastic Composite-based Brake Pedal for EVs

In close cooperation with the LANXESS HPM, BOGE Elastmetall has developed an all-plastic brake pedal. It owes its high mechanical strength and very low weight to a thermoplastic composite design...

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Apr 1, 2020 | Industry News

New Metal-alternative 3D Printed Flexible & Conductive Brain Implants

MIT engineers are developing 3D printed soft, flexible neural implants that can gently conform to the brain’s contours and monitor activity over longer periods, without aggravating surrounding...

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Mar 17, 2020 | Product News

IDI Launches Metal-replacement Thermoset Composite for EV Battery Pack

IDI Composites International has introduced a new thermoset composite material delivering critical performance benefits for the "new energy vehicles" market. Deployed in electric vehicle (EV) new...

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Mar 17, 2020 | Industry News

Kuraray to Exhibit Steel-alternative Multifilament Yarn, PA Fiber and more at JEC World

Kuraray will be exhibiting its PA9T heat-resistant polyamide fiber for automotive components, Vectran™ multifilament yarn that is five times stronger than steel for feather-light structures and...

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Mar 16, 2020 | Industry News

Erickson’s Composite-based Main Rotor Blades Receive FAA Approval

Erickson Incorporated has announced FAA approval of its next-generation composite main rotor blades. After many years of manufacturing metal blades, Erickson has invested in the future of the S-64...

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