PT ZONE: Automotive

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Despite drop, signs are positive for 2017. Future business expectations are way up.

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From very small to very large, from hotel amenity bottles to automotive jounce bumpers, new and upgraded machines tackle difficult jobs while improving productivity, quality, and energy efficiency.

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According to one CEO who runs a smart factory himself, the whole concept must begin with people, not machines.

Interesting Finalists of 2016 SPE Auto Innovation Awards

Take a look at these “runner-up” finalists in exterior, interior and chassis/hardware categories.

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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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