Tag Archives: Lightweighting

Plastics and composites are reshaping car design, IHS report shows

Automotive plastics are here to stay, and IHS Automotive has the figures to prove it. In a recently released Report, IHS Automotive, a “global information company with world-class experts in the pivotal areas shaping today’s business landscape,” shares some enlightening (pun intended!) information on how plastics and composites are reshaping current and future car design. […]

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Polymer composites are heading from the racetrack to Main Street

The new BMWi car series is the most recent evidence that plastics and polymer composites, such as carbon fiber reinforced plastics, are bridging the material divide between high-performance racecars and passenger vehicles. A recent USA Today article reports that BMW’s new i8 and i3 cars both rely on carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) for the […]

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Making a material difference in the U.S. automotive industry

Despite recent economic challenges, the automotive industry continues to show signs of growth, with U.S. car sales rising to 14.5 million units in 2012 — a 13 percent increase over the year before. U.S. registrations are expected to rise to 15.8 million vehicles in 2014. Much of that demand is for vehicles that are more […]

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Lightweighting through chemistry products revolutionizes vehicle efficiency

Americans are becoming increasingly conscious of efficiency in the cars we drive, and one of the most effective ways to improve vehicle efficiency is through “lightweighting” – reducing the weight of a car so that it can run farther on less fuel. Decreasing a vehicle’s weight by just 10 percent can improve a car’s fuel […]

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