August 2013

Reinventing Automobiles with
High-Performance Polymers
Hostaform® LX90Z MetaLX® acetal copolymer (POM) molded bezels (on left) replaced painted and top-coated injection molded PC/ABS substrate versions on the Ford Fusion steering wheel.

Today’s global automotive industry is going through a renaissance: It’s reinventing transportation with lighter, cost effective, high-performance polymers. The industry and its suppliers are rethinking the concept of transportation as it relates to legal regulations (stricter CO2 emission standards, pedestrian safety, fuel consumption, biofuels, recycling and end-of-life-of vehicle management), consumer wishes (infotainment, safety devices, comfort and individualized designs) and profit considerations. What does this mean? Find out here.


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Reinventing Automobiles with High-Performance Polymers
Plastics in Automotive Outlook and Review
Start Your Engines ... with Plastics!

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Plastics in Automotive Outlook and Review

Major advances in the material properties, design capabilities and processing of polymers encourage automakers to consider plastics for all major automotive components including interiors, exteriors, chassis, powertrains, engines, electrical systems and fuel systems. In many cases, designers have turned to plastics because they provide better value — the best combination of performance and cost — than alternative materials. In some cases, plastics provide the only practical solution for achieving a critical performance goal for safety, weight reduction, fuel efficiency, corrosion resistance, use of space and design integration.

Find out more about automotive innovations using plastics.

Technical Advisory: Nylon

Low friction, good abrasion resistance and the ability to operate without lubrication make nylon an excellent choice for automotive applications.

Extruded nylon tubing and hose are used in hydraulic and other fluid systems because it is unaffected by hydrocarbons and refrigerants.

For more information, see Introduction to Plastics, the IAPD guide to plastic materials and applications.

Start Your Engines ... with Plastics!

From mechanical parts to automotive interiors to external applications, plastics are driving safer, more durable, lightweight, fuel efficient designs in today’s cars.

Did you know that more than 50 percent of a typical car is composed of plastics and polymer composites, but those materials account for only approximately 10 percent of vehicle weight?

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