PT ZONE: Automotive

Engel Previews K 2016 Introductions
Advances in mold cooling, machine condition monitoring, and in-mold decorating will be key exhibits in Dusseldorf. More (+)
PT Article Mercedes-Benz Turns to 3D Printing for Plastic Spare Parts
Marks the first time the company is offering 3D-printed spare parts. More (+)


Tech Center Boasts Five Engel Machines and MuCell Technology

A new Detroit-area tech center gives automotive OEMs and their tier suppliers a production-scale lab to test the very latest molding technologies.

Expanding Global Middle Class Equals Growing Energy Demand

There is a clear correlation between economic growth and energy use, or put more mathematically‚ÄĒtotal people times higher living standards equals greater energy needs.

PlastiComp Opens Dedicated Long Fiber Thermoplastic R&D Lab

To continue advancement of such composites, PlastiComp's R&D functions now in new lab.

New Group Gets Continuous-Fiber-Reinforced Composites Ready for the Road

New team to support partners though all stages of Tepex component development.

North American Auto Sales Will Tap On the Brakes in 2017

After spiking thanks to pent-up demand following the Great Recession of 2009, automotive sales will slow in coming years.

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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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