Rebounding automotive industry is welcome news for FRP sector
19 January 2011
Vehicle manufacturers continue to increase fibre reinforced plastics (FRP) content in their products to reduce weight, consolidate parts and save money. Suppliers are making good use of improved resins and reinforcements to produce higher performing, lightweight automotive components that outperform and cost less than parts they replace. Richard Stewart reports.
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15 February 2011
Foreseeable are new thermoplastic composites for motion-centric automotive engine parts capable of replacing the metal parts. Since plastics getting wide play in the automotive field, perhaps on the agenda for next year. Self-lubricating pistons and bearings are possible with today's new high-heat plastic composite blends; might just eliminate the need for the whole crankcase in vehicles.
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