AUTOMOTIVE

Chinaplas 2021 Kicks Off In Person

Postponed, rescheduled and ultimately cancelled in 2020, Chinaplas has returned this week with an in-person event featuring 3600 exhibitors in Shenzhen.

On Automotive

On Automotive: From Supercars to Supply Chains to Stamping

New tech developments in automotive ranging from the e-motor for a McLaren supercar to how Volkswagen Group is using artificial intelligence for supply chain monitoring to how Nissan is stamping without dies

Dürr Deploys Digitized Paint Shop for SAIC Volkswagen

Despite COVID restrictions, Dürr has delivered one of the largest, highly digitized paint shops in China to SAIC Volkswagen on schedule.

On EV Charging, Cleaner Gasoline, the Electric Hummer and More

Developments in EV charging, European sales, cleaner gasoline, vehicle manufacturing in China, the electric HUMMER, the Volvo V60 Cross Country—and more

On Propulsion, Security, Sustainability and more

MAHLE sees hybrids continuing, Dodge has software to protect SRT models, Jenson Button is developing vehicles at a race track in Arizona, Audi is using green aluminum, BMW is investing in green steel, Mercedes is reducing its production emissions footprint, Bentley builds its 200,000th, and Sonata N Line impressions

PPS Replaces Metal and Rubber in Automotive Thermal Management Systems

Solvay’s Ryton PPs mono-layer extrusion grade shown to be optimized for new corrugated tubing.  
#Elastomers

Ford Converts 3D Printing Scrap into New, Molded Parts

Ford has collaborated with HP to reuse spent 3D printed powders and parts turning them into injection molded vehicle parts.

Scratch-Resistant PP for Complex Interior Automotive Applications

Compounder Polykemi and subsidiary Rondo Plast launch first of new PP-based compound and sustainable variants that boast both high scratch resistance and UV stability.
#polyolefins

Elix and Polyscope Cooperate in Specialty Materials for Automotive Interior Applications

Premium automotive interior structural parts such as sunroof modules are targeted by ‘partners’ Elix Polymers and Polyscope Polymers. 
#Elastomers

Licensee of EconCore's Thermoplastic Honeycomb Technology Gets Two New Automotive Contracts

Mexico’s Fynotej secures two major contracts to supply automotive trunk load floors using Fynocore continuous honeycomb panel technology licensed from EconCore  
#Elastomers

Polyplastics' PBT and PPS Targeted to Autonomous Driving Applications

Polyplastics sees its Duranex PBT and Durafide PPS as particularly suited to sensors used in radar and camera bracket systems.
#Elastomers

Revolutionary Hydrogen Storage Tank Design Could Propel H2 Deployment

Rather than storing hydrogen in a large cylindrical tank, Noble Gas has developed a conformal system
#safety

European Machinery Suppliers See Steadying Markets

After a sharp drop in activity at the start of the year, the German plastics and rubber machinery sector has corrected with 2020 orders tracking only 3% below 2019 levels, while Austria’s Engel and Wittmann Battenfeld saw North American bright spots.

Additive Advances at General Motors

The OEM is finding the ways and means to deploy the process throughout product development and production
#Aluminum #GeneralMotors

GM Adds Some Vroom to 3D Printing

Cadillac sports sedans to use additive manufacturing for functional and appearance parts

Increasing Use of Structural Adhesives in Automotive

Can you glue a car together? Frank Billotto of DuPont Transportation & Industrial discusses the major role structural adhesives can play in vehicle assembly.

PBT-Based Compounds for Automotive Radar Sensors

SABIC expands radar absorbing LNP Stat-Kon portfolio of specialty compounds.

Super High-Flow TPEs for Sustainable Large-Scale Moldings

Hexpol TPE’s new Dryflex HiF TPS-SEBS family boast very high melt flow and scratch resistance.  

Antiviral Additive Reportedly Kills Coronavirus on Plastics in Auto Interiors

In response to COVID-19, automotive Tier 1 molder and compounder CpK has developed an antiviral additive for auto interiors and other applications. 

Modified PBT Offers More Clarity for Automotive Radar Sensors

BASF’s new Ultradur RX PBT meets the high requirements of sensors for automated driving

The Case of CASE

A presentation at the Society of Automotive Analysts’ 5th Annual Mobility Innovations Summit

BASF Touts New Radar Housing

Minimizing electromagnetic interference is key

Eastman Partners with Compounder Gruppo Maip to Formulate Biobased and Molecular Recycled Content Plastics for Automotive Interiors

Eastman’s Tritan Renew copolyester and Treva Renew engineering bioplastic to play key role in new Eastman-Gruppo Maip partnership.
#sustainability

Partners Target Bioplastic Interior Trim

Molecular recycling and non-petroleum feedstocks take shape
#sustainability #Interior

High-Performance Black Masterbatch for Styrenics

Cabot’s new Plasblack XP6801D is a new generation SAN-based formulation for styrenics without the trade-off between color and mechanical properties.  

Long-Chain Nylon Compounds for Automotive and More

Ascend’s new HiDura nylons 610 and 612 designed for automotive fuel systems, cable ties for solar power systems, battery seals and monofilaments for brush bristles.