The use of advanced plastics has doubled in the last 20 years.
Reducing a vehicles weight by 10% can improve the fuel economy of the vehicle by 6-8%.
Carbon fiber composites can absorb up to 12 times the crush energy of steel.
The value of automotive plastic products produced in the United States is $21.3 Billion
Automotive plastic products are produced at 1,591 plants located in 45 states. These plants directly employ 63,075 people and feature a payroll of $3.3 Billion.
Our auto team efforts focus on Automotive Plastics Industry Advocacy, pre-competitive research, communications outreach and sustainability efforts. We work to provide manufacturers with additional ways to increase plastics in automotive, reduce vehicle weight and lower greenhouse emissions.
There are a myriad of plastics and composite automotive applications including: exterior body panels, trim, and bumper fascia, as well as interior trim panels, instrument panel substrates, knee bolsters, window encapsulation and side lights, headlamp housings and lenses, manifolds and valve covers, oil pans and fuel tanks, underbody shields, trunk wells, wheel-well liners, electronic/electric parts and components, led lighting and light pipes, knobs and buttons, wiring harnesses, steering wheels and steering column covers, insulation, dampening and sound deadeners, upholstery fabrics and cushioning materials, mechanical parts and components, airbag fabrics, safety glass inserts, tires, and on and on and…
Click below to learn more about our member companies.
- Americas Styrenics LLC
- BASF Corporation
- Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP
- Covestro LLC
- The Dow Chemical Company
- ExxonMobil Chemical Company
- INEOS Styrolution
- LANXESS Corporation
- LyondellBasell Industries N.V.
- NOVA Chemicals Corporation
- Shell Chemical LP
- Solvay America, Inc.
- Vinyl Institute†
†Designates affiliated trade association.
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Learn about plastics and the many ways they improve our lives. Get facts about plastics, discover plastics history and read about the diverse types of plastics and bioplastics.Advanced Plastics Are the Future of Our Autos
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