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Dual Tracks to Automotive Lightweighting

In this video, John McElroy (the host of Autoline Daily) offers his views on the future of plastics in the automotive industry. The industry as a whole, he says, will likely follow two different tracks, with individual automakers opting for different approaches. The first track, represented by cars like the BMW i3, is an all-in approach – virtually the […]

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How Automobile Lightweighting Is Done: The Coming Revolution

How do you lightweight the automotive industry for fuel efficiency and safety – so fast? Tomorrow’s cars need to be safe and fuel efficient, so automakers must pursue materials that are incredibly strong, but weigh less. There are currently a variety of materials used in automotive parts for these purposes, so we predict the future […]

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Moving Safety from the Racetrack to the Highway: Keeping Cars Safe with Automotive Plastics

Safety is important for anyone operating a vehicle, but at 200+ mph, it’s especially crucial for racecar drivers. Thus it makes perfect sense that automotive designers are borrowing materials and safety ideas to build safer cars of the future. Specifically, automakers are looking at the ways that carbon reinforced plastic composites (CFRP) have helped keep racecar […]

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Detroit Auto Show Recap: Automobile Lightweighting on

At the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, John McElroy, host of, moderated several panels as part of the Autoline Supplier Symposium event. ACC’s Automotive Team Chairman Matthew Marks joined the final panel of the day to discuss automobile lightweighting alongside Jay Baron (President & CEO, Center for Automotive Research) and Randall Scheps (Aluminum Associations Group (ATG) and Marketing […]

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The Revolution: How Injection Molded Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics Will Be an Auto Industry Game Changer

Both fast cycle times and predictable strength are required to make a material viable as an automotive part. When it comes to plastic car parts, the plastics industry demonstrate great weight savings (for fuel efficiency) but production time needs to be closer to the speed of a metal stamping machine if plastics are to replace its heavier […]

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Lightweighting in Cars: One Weird Chart That Should Convince Auto Makers

You’ve seen those online ads: “One Weird Trick That Always Works!” Well, we found one weird chart that really does deserve attention. With strict government CAFE standards requiring higher efficiency vehicles by 2025, choosing the right materials for automotive car parts is more important than ever.

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Fiber Modeling for Long Glass Molding Developed by National Labs – Industry First

Material innovation and lightweight fiber composites are transforming the global automotive industry. Short glass fibers (0.2 – 0.4mm) gave new strength to plastic automotive parts as early as the 1950’s. Today’s “laid up” (not injected or extruded) plastic carbon fiber sheet configurations are lightweighting racing and high performance vehicles: the Chevy Mi-ray Concept, the BMW i3, […]

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Crumple Zone Physics Demonstrate How Less Stiff Plastic Materials Can Help Prevent Injury and Save Lives

 Technology + New Materials Save Lives Thanks to computers that are more powerful than ever before, an on-screen crash can offer nearly as much information as a real one. Crumple zones are structural areas in the front and sometimes rear of a vehicle that are designed to absorb energy upon impact in a predictable […]

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