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Auto Industry on the Hunt for New Lightweight Materials

from Plastics News

The auto industry is focusing on lightweighting, and this is igniting a race to find new materials that can meet ever-changing performance needs of the OEMs. A materials innovation panel discussed the topic during Plastics News’ 2015 Plastics in Automotive Conference, held Jan. 14 at the Westin Book Cadillac in Detroit. Brian Baleno, global automotive business manager, Solvay Specialty Polymers led off the discussion, focusing on high performance polymers and reducing CO2 emissions by improving powertrain efficiency. He noted that there are two key areas where new materials can help plastics make inroads in vehicles — in air management systems and turbo exhaust hoses. more

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