Automotive

The biobased materials of the year (slide show): Winner

By Karen Laird
Published: April 14th, 2015

The winner of the 2015 Bio-based Material of the Year Innovation Award was Bayer MaterialScience (BMS; Leverkusen, Germany), which was recognized for the development of Desmodur Eco, the first biobased polyurethane crosslinker for high-performance automotive coatings. While bio-polyols were already available on the market, a biobased isocyanate was not.

The biobased materials of the year (slide show): Second place

By Karen Laird
Published: April 14th, 2015

Second place in the Bio-based Material of the Year awards program went to Germany-based HIB Trim Part Solutions GmbH (Bruchsal) for its lightweight vehicle trim parts made from renewable raw materials. 

Hybrid polymer systems from Evonik shown to save time and cost in composites production

By Karen Laird
Published: April 9th, 2015

Over the past few years, polymer composites have slowly started to come in to their own. Composite materials combine very good mechanical properties with low weight and are in huge demand in many different application fields, especially where lightweighting is a key concern. In lightweight design in the automotive and aviation industries, for example, the use of composite materials can significantly affect fuel consumption. According to experts, every 100 kilograms of weight saved in a car equates to a saving of 0.3 to 0.5 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers.

Metal replacement, emerging technologies drive growth in U.S. demand for engineering plastics

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 8th, 2015

U.S. demand for engineering plastics is expected to rise 2.6% annually to reach 5.1 billion pounds in 2019, according to a report from the Freedonia Group (Cleveland, OH). Metal replacement in existing products along with technological advances that will open the door to new applications for engineering plastics will drive growth. Demand, however, will be tempered by weak growth in mature markets and increasing competition from lower cost commodity resins, adds the market research firm. These and other trends are presented in a new study, Engineering Plastics.

Test controller enables efficient composite testing

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 7th, 2015

The Composite Material Laboratory at the Inholland University of Applied Sciences in Delft has selected a Moog (East Aurora, NY) Portable Test Controller to be used for single-axis testing of composite materials such as fiber-reinforced polymers. This lab is used for research, education and commercial projects related to testing composite materials.

Plastics in automotive applications focus of new conference

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 7th, 2015

With automotive as one of the key end markets for the plastics industry in terms of materials, applications and processes, Plastics-In-Motion, an Automotive Plastics Conference & Exhibit, to be held June 1 to 4, 2015, at the Adoba Hotel in Dearborn, MI, will focus on all of these.

Prototype cylinder block incorporates fiber-reinforced plastic components

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 6th, 2015

It's self-evident that cars must become lighter in order to reduce fuel consumption. For most car designers this principally means body parts but the powertrain system, which includes the engine, also accounts for a large proportion of the vehicle's weight.

U.S. made hybrid styrenic-olefinic foam offers enhanced temperature stability, compressive strength

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 6th, 2015

Sekisui Plastics USA (Mt. Pleasant, TN) has introduced a new grade of Piocelan moldable foam resin. A hybrid of styrenic and olefin components, Piocelan T incorporates a higher heat olefin component than previous grades, offering increased elevated temperature stability along with higher compressive, flexural and tensile strength. The foam is reportedly engineered to meet the stringent flammability requirements for automotive interior parts.

Binder offers alternative to formaldehyde in natural fiber composites

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 1st, 2015

A new binder for use in production of natural fiber composites for automotive lightweight applications was recently introduced by BASF (Ludwigshafen, Germany). Acrodur Power 2750 is designed for the production of components such as interior car door panels or shelves.

Auto sector drives booming demand for EMI-shielding Electriplast conductive resins

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 31st, 2015

While conductive resins have been around in some form for more than two decades, historically they were used primarily for static dissipation using carbon black or low levels of chopped stainless-steel fibers. Today there's an exciting new technology developed by Electriplast (Canton, MI), an Integral Technologies Co., that provides an alternative to electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding using die-cast aluminum lining.

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