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Published: 1/9/2018

Long Fiber PP Compounds Drive Innovation in Automotive
Long fiber thermoplastic polypropylene ( LFT PP) is now widely used in automotive front-end carriers, instrument-panel carriers, door panels, consoles, pedals, under-body shields and more.

Published: 12/25/2017

Novel Process Assembly, Safety, Environmental Applications from 2017 SPE Auto Innovations Finalists
First application of torsional welding (spin + ultrasonic) for a 7% lighter fascia; bin and lid with overmolded hinge in one press; first all-plastic hood leveler; and more.

Published: 12/22/2017

‘Unique’ Characterizes Materials Category Finalists of SPE Auto Innovation Awards
Recycled carbon-fiber as a filler for PP; low-gloss low-squeak ABS for instrument panels; IP skin not weakened by scoring; and more.

Published: 12/21/2017

U.S. Plastics Industry Well-Positioned for Continued Growth
Interesting highlights of PLASTICS’ 2017 Size & Impact Report, including employment and shipments data. 

Published: 12/14/2017

Chassis and Powertrain Finalists from SPE Auto Innovation Awards
Judged parts cut weight and cost while adding functionality and endurance in high wear environments.

Published: 12/11/2017

Predictive Engineering Tools for Designing Lightweight Auto Composites
New technology could speed development of more economical carbon fiber materials.

Published: 12/8/2017

Body Exterior and Interior SPE Auto Innovation Awards Finalists
LED headlamps, a deployable shelf and a console carrier are some key applications from this year’s contest.

Published: 11/27/2017

DSM to Expand Reach in Materials Technology for Automotive
A partnership agreement with Toyota Motorsport involves all DSM businesses supplying materials to automotive, including 3D printing.

Published: 11/22/2017

Winners of SPE Auto Innovation Awards Wow with Many ‘Firsts’
Innovative, transferable, and intelligent use of  plastics shine in nine categories.

Published: 11/13/2017

Lifetime Achievement Awardee Honored For Over 30 Years of Advances in Automotive Molding
Technical specialist Dr. Suresh Shah, who holds more than 45 Intellectual Properties including patents and trade secrets, was recognized at SPE Automotive Innovation Awards Gala.