PT ZONE: Automotive

Plastic Pallets Manufacturer Gets Grant To Further Expansion Into Thermoplastic Composites
Indiana-based Jeco Plastics Products recently received a research grant from Purdue University under the IN-Mac program to study how thermoplastic composites with continuous internal fibers in either single or multiple directions develop wrinkles when being molded with multiple cavity thermoforming tools. More (+)
Motor Vehicle & Parts Production To Slow in 2014
Car manufacturing remains strong, and while production will continue to grow, it will be at a slower rate through the end of this year, and perhaps into next. More (+)


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RFID Boosts Production Efficiency For Bumper Molder

RFID technology significantly improves ‘error-proofing’ and productivity from molding to final fabrication.

TESTING: New-Generation Universal Testers For Automotive

Zwick has come out with a new series of testers for testing the mechanical properties of thermoplastics used in automotive applications.

ADDITIVES: Antimicrobial Offers Long-Range Protection For Wide Range of Polyolefin Applications

A new broad-spectrum antimicrobial protection masterbatch positioned as a cost-effective option to silver-based additives.

Exploring The Processing Of HDPE-Exfoliated Graphene Nanocomposites For Fuel Tanks

One of ACCE's 2014 best paper awards is on improving the barrier and mechanical properties of HDPE-graphene nanocomposites for automotive fuel tank applications.

BMW Ups Its Stake in Composites

BMW installs huge vertical press for thermoset HP-RTM.

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OVERVIEW:
Automotive

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Automotive continues to be a key end market for plastics processors of all types for under-the-hood, body and interior applications. OEMs have turned to plastics to cut vehicle weight while also reducing cost and improving safety, performance, and fuel efficiency. These trends are likely to continue in the future, and this zone is aimed at keeping you up to date on the materials, equipment and processing best practices you’ll need to compete.


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