April 2010

Special Report: Petrochemical Developments

Plastics enable better automobile designs

High-quality advanced engineered polymers and new molding methods provide advantages in modern vehicle construction and manufacturing processes

Bauer, R., KraussMaffei Technologies GmbH

Automotive manufacturers are increasing the usage of high-precision, high-quality plastics. In many applications, high-precision, high-quality plastics are well-suited in the construction of advanced automobiles. Advanced high-quality plastics can be successfully integrated into exterior, interior and under-the-hood parts. Numerous possibilities are available via existing technologies based on viable injection molding and reaction molding processes. There are a number of approaches that can be taken to achieve the overall product quality as well as the desired material properties. High-precision plastics can be used to improve product quality as shown through several presented examples in th

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