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Get Ready – Cars of the Future Depend on Polymers and Composites!

“Plastics will be with you, for you, between you, around you, in front of you, behind you, next to you, above you, beneath you and beside you!” It’s no exaggeration—plastics are well on their way to becoming an integral part of a sustainable future. They will be especially vital to new modes of transportation, particularly […]

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2019 Plastics and Polymer Composites in Light Vehicles

Light vehicles represent an important market for plastics and polymer composites in North America, one that has grown significantly during the last five decades.

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Study Shows Polymer Composites Save Lives and Weight while Exceeding New NHTSA Frontal Oblique Crash Intrusion Requirements

Recent developments in the automotive industry will require that Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) meet the new National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA)’s requirements for vehicle safety. To meet these higher standards, OEMs are now required to strengthen the front end of almost all vehicles. The material of choice to get this job done? Studies are […]

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The 2019 Sierra Denali: A Heavy Duty Pickup Truck Utilizing a Carbon Fiber Bed!

Ladies and gentleman, you read it here first. General Motors is set to officially release its 2019 Sierra Denali, a pickup truck with a never before seen special feature exclusive to the upcoming vehicle—a carbon fiber bed known as the CarbonPro Box.  This is a smart move by GM considering the increasing popularity of mobility […]

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The Strength & Safety of Lightweight Vehicles

There’s nothing lightweight about the safety of lightweighting cars. And although lightweighting is shown by the federal government’s own studies to be lifesaving (the EPA estimates that reducing vehicle weight can save approximately 451 lives per billion miles traveled), the current political climate is espousing that the “relatively cost-effective technology option of vehicle lightweighting…will increase […]

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Mobility Experts, Decision & Industry Leaders Needed!

Contact us today to see if you qualify and what you can contribute! The American Chemistry Council seeks to engage technical experts, decision-makers, and other mobility industry leaders. The plastics and polymer composites industry is building a bridge to tomorrow’s trends. What industry-wide actions can speed up widespread enhanced safety and mobility? How can new […]

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Plastics Enabling Autonomy In New Directions: Mobile Art Gallery

As a kid growing up in Ontario, I wanted to be a dentist. But, as I was finishing my bachelor’s degree in biopharmaceutical sciences, I changed direction.

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How to Put an Electric Control Button INTO the Surface

How to Put an Electric Control Button INTO the Surface…

TactoTek a structural electronics manufacturer is using plastics to make vehicle ‘connectivity’ more human. The “touchy-feely” printed circuitry of  in-mold electronics uses injection molded plastic in several layers, to create a custom “in-situ” part that replaces many standard multi-part switches, knobs, controls and wiring.

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You Won't Believe This: A REAL Plastic Engine

You Won’t Believe This: A REAL Plastic Engine

Solvay a chemistry company known for modern innovation for 153 years is a key sponsor for the Polimotor 2 project: an initiative to build an “all-plastic” engine that reduces overall engine weight by up to 30%. How is it possible to take 30% of the weight of an engine block off? The engine cylinder sleeves are metal; but the block is a tough, resilient thermoset plastic.

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Autonomous Auto Design Beats Detroit Traffic and Parking Lot Congestion

When designing a vehicle for Detroit in 2035, Zachary Rusack, (College for Creative Studies) had one lingering question. Should we change the city or change the vehicle to improve transportation?

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Lightweighting Becomes the Green Car of the Year

Electric cars can play an important role making our world more sustainable and energy efficient, and helping the automotive industry meet growing global emission regulations. However, some consumers still view EVs with practical skepticism for their day-to-day lives, due to the often limited driving ranges offered …until now. Enter the Chevy Bolt, 2017’s Green Car […]

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From the Detroit Auto Show: It’s a Car, It’s a Boat, It’s… the Future

When Lucy Lee, a student at the College for Creative Studies (CSS) in Detroit, Michigan, was tasked with designing an environmentally sustainable vehicle of the future, she produced something that utilized the city’s most abundant resource ー water. The CCS students were presenting at the Plastics News Automotive conference held in conjunction with and during the North American […]

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Plasma Automotive Bonding Lasts a Lifetime

Have you ever wondered how the paint sticks to your car so well? Or, what helps it’s 30,000 parts stay connected over the course of its average 11-year life? The automotive industry relies on innovative manufacturing practices to help ensure each vehicle and its surfaces are finely tuned to run, look, and feel the way […]

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Incorporating Plastics Into Heavy Duty Trucks to Meet New Fuel Efficiency Standards

The United States has taken a strong stance on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing the quality of our climate through the tightening of vehicle fuel economy standards. On August 16th, new standards were established for medium and heavy-duty trucks to help reduce GHG emissions and energy consumption while increasing fuel efficiency. These standards, finalized by the U.S. […]

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Reversible Bonding in Multi-Material Vehicles: How It’s Done Part II

In our last post, we introduced the concept of reversible bonding, and explained how thermoplastic adhesives could only be effective in today’s cars if there were a lightning-quick method to heat up the adhesive, form a strong bond, and cool the joint and material in under a minute. Today, this has become a reality thanks to researchers […]

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The Case for Reversible Bonding in Today’s Automotive Assembly Part I

We’ve been using plastics and fiber reinforced plastic composite materials to make cars for several decades now, and with good reason. Compared to metals, they are lightweight and offer high design flexibility. Plastics can be formed into just about any automotive shape you need – for style, aerodynamics, or both. But more than just for looks and style, today’s […]

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In-Mold Electronic Inks: A Union of Form and Function for Printed Plastic Car Parts

A new development may change the way we print and manufacture electronic automotive plastics forever – making cars lighter while improving their appearance and functionality in the process. According to DuPont, their “unique suite of In-Mold Electronic Inks are enabling touch controls to be directly embedded inside of plastic parts by printing circuits directly onto plastic sheets, which are then […]

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Plastics in Automotive: American Chemistry Panel at SxSW Eco

SXSW Eco is an annual conference that attracts thought leaders from around the world to explore and co-create solutions for a sustainable world. Each year the event attracts thousands of professionals to examine critical challenges of our times through a lens of design innovation, policy tipping points, technological breakthroughs, conservation practice, entrepreneurial spirit, and creativity to […]

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Breakthrough Innovation! Meet the “Polimotor 2”

Moving Towards an All-Plastic Car Engine Auto designers and manufacturers have been swapping traditional materials for plastic car parts for some time now, and the reasons for doing so are clear: plastic car parts are lightweight yet strong, and can help automakers boost MPGs as they strive to meet increasingly strict CAFE standards. However some car parts have been easier to replace […]

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Plastic Auto Parts: BMW i3 Tour of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics Body in White and Crumple Zone Physics

The automotive industry continues to embrace sustainability and plastic and polymer composite lightweighting to increase fuel efficiency. Several new and exciting safety and performance developments have arisen—many from BMW. In this exclusive video, Franz Storkenmaier, BMW Group’s Head of Lightweight Construction & Vehicle Weight division highlights automotive lightweighting and the dynamic front-end vectoring technology of […]

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