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Plastics in Automotive

System solutions based on plastics reduce vehicle weight in the automobile industry and increase safety. In addition, they permit attractive designs for both the interior and exterior of automobiles.

The Peugeot 307 features a headlight bezel that consists of a PBT developed especially for this application (Photo: BASF)

The Peugeot 307 features a headlight bezel that consists of a PBT developed especially for this application (Photo: BASF)

This dossier contains current innovations involving plastic applications in the automotive sector.

98 Topic of article Plastics in Automotive
  • Adhesion Promoter for Unequal Pairs
    Kunststoffe international 2017/10, PAGE 80 - 83

    Adhesion Promoter for Unequal Pairs

    Primer Joins Metal and Plastic Components with Adhesive Bond

    Plastic/metal hybrid structures for industrial applications have been established for years, e. g. for front-end carriers in automotive...   more

  • Dry Ice Shower for  Complex Components
    Kunststoffe international 2017/09, PAGE 58 - 59

    Dry Ice Shower for Complex Components

    Fully Automated Cleaning of Scooping Components before Painting

    Coating companies, who paint interior and exterior parts made of plastic for the automotive industry, have to meet high quality and...   more

  • Light at the End of the Tunnel
    Kunststoffe international 2017/06-07, PAGE 51 - 54

    Light at the End of the Tunnel

    Recycling of Plastic-Metal Composite Materials from Headlights

    Rarely does a single material meet all automotive engineering requirements. Yet hybrid materials cannot be disassembled manually with...   more

  • Illuminated Feel-Good Ambience
    Kunststoffe international 2017/06-07, PAGE 6 - 7

    Illuminated Feel-Good Ambience

    Lighting Design for Automobile Interiors at the First Albis Automotive Lounge

    Energy efficient, inexpensive LEDs are inspiring designers and engineers to develop new esthetic and functional applications of light....   more

  • Disquiet before the Storm
    Kunststoffe international 2017/06-07, PAGE 14 - 16

    Disquiet before the Storm

    Consequences and Opportunities for Plastics Processors Resulting from the Shift to Electromobility

    The automotive industry is undergoing radical change and this will not be without consequences for the supply sectors as well. With this in...   more

  • Lean Material Mix for Lightweight Interiors
    Kunststoffe international 2017/05, PAGE 53 - 56

    Lean Material Mix for Lightweight Interiors

    Microsandwich Made from a Fiber-Reinforced PP Nonwoven and a PET Foam Core for Vehicle Interior Trim Components

    The first series application of the lightweight material microsandwich in 2018 will reduce the weight of vehicle interior trim components...   more

  • Efficient Suction Blow Molding
    Kunststoffe international 2017/03, PAGE 40 - 42

    Efficient Suction Blow Molding

    Manufacturing 3D Ducts with Heat-Resistant Materials

    3D blow molding can look back on a long development history. Today’s high-performance plastics make previously inconceivable automotive...   more

  • Filler with Lightweight Potential
    Kunststoffe international 2017/03, PAGE 62 - 65

    Filler with Lightweight Potential

    Recycling of Natural Fiber-Reinforced Polymers to Sustainable Pyrolysis Char Filler

    Mineral fillers are widely used in the automotive industry to enhance the performance of polymer grades. A recycling concept has now been...   more

  • Eye-Catchers Under the Hood
    Kunststoffe international 2017/03, PAGE 32 - 35

    Eye-Catchers Under the Hood

    Optimizing Properties and Costs in the Production of Designer Engine Covers

    Visible components in vehicle engine rooms increasingly have to satisfy not just technical requirements, but design expectations, too. An...   more

  • Sealing and Thinking
    Kunststoffe international 2017/03, PAGE 51 - 56

    Sealing and Thinking

    Automotive Subcontractor Eldisy Develops Solutions for an Overlooked Group of Parts

    Is everything standardized in the automotive industry? Yes, but … complying with the standards involves a surprising amount of manual input...   more

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  • High Quality Interior Components at Low Unit Cost
    Kunststoffe international 2016/12, PAGE 43 - 45

    High Quality Interior Components at Low Unit Cost

    DecoJect Process Combines In-Mold Graining with Injection Molding

    Decorative films are increasingly replacing painting in order to flexibly combine a high quality surface finish of the vehicle interior...   more

  • Keeps Its Cool
    Kunststoffe international 2016/11, PAGE 54 - 57

    Keeps Its Cool

    Study of the Resistance of Glass-Fiber-Reinforced Polyamides to Coolants

    Applications under the hood in the automotive industry are characterized by strong temperature fluctuations and involve various media, such...   more

  • Secondary Carbon Fibers in  Large-Scale Production
    Kunststoffe international 2016/09, PAGE 105 - 108

    Secondary Carbon Fibers in Large-Scale Production

    Sheet Molding Compounds Made with Secondary Carbon Fibers for Luxury Class Cars

    Now, with suitable recycling technologies in place, the continuing research focuses mainly on re-using the reinforcement carbon fibers from...   more

  • Vis-à-vis with the Driver
    Kunststoffe international 2016/09, PAGE 134 - 136

    Vis-à-vis with the Driver

    A Steering Wheel Cover Produced with the DirectCoating Process Illustrates the Varied Design Possibilities for the Automobile Interior

    The design versatility of a polyurethane coating on part surfaces, including metallic effects and a fine grain with matt and glossy...   more

  • Naturally Effective
    Kunststoffe international 2016/08, PAGE 62 - 64

    Naturally Effective

    Air Brake Pipes and Tank Breather Hose Made of Bio-Based Polyamide 6.10

    Excellent performance properties combined with low environmental impact were the main requirements made on new polyamide 6.10 grades...   more

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  • The Future of Automotive Interiors
    Kunststoffe international 2016/03, PAGE 22 - 26

    The Future of Automotive Interiors

    Torn between Economy, Ecology, Design and Legal Requirements

    The perceived value of a car’s interior is increasingly informing consumers’ purchase decisions. Another contributory factor is waveguide...   more

  • The Networked Car Body
    Kunststoffe international 2016/03, PAGE 18 - 21

    The Networked Car Body

    Function-Integrated Lightweight Construction with Hybrid Yarn Textile Thermoplastic Composites

    Hybrid yarn textile thermoplastic composites offer enormous potentials for highly integrated structural components with additional...   more

  • Reaching the Desired Weight  in just a Few Steps
    Kunststoffe international 2016/03, PAGE 32 - 34

    Reaching the Desired Weight in just a Few Steps

    KraussMaffei Customer Takata Reduces Component Weight from 560 to 275 Grams

    The FiberForm process developed by KraussMaffei combines the thermoforming of organic sheets and injection molding into one process. This...   more

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  • From a Niche Product to Standard  Series Production
    Kunststoffe international 2016/03, PAGE 35 - 38

    From a Niche Product to Standard Series Production

    Highly Resilient Lightweight Components Produced from Organo Sheet

    The processing of organo sheet into lightweight structural components featuring high strength and rigidity is now ready for standard series...   more

  • Preventing Runaway Vehicles
    Kunststoffe international 2015/10, PAGE 121 - 122

    Preventing Runaway Vehicles

    Wheel Chocks of Tailor-made Polyamide

    Engineering plastics can replace metals in safety items of equipment. A tailor-made polyamide 66 compound for a newly developed wheel chock...   more

  • Lightweight and Innovative
    Kunststoffe international 2015/09, PAGE 71 - 73

    Lightweight and Innovative

    Components Made from Carbon-Fiber-Reinforced Compounds

    Edge trim of dry carbon-fiber fabric from automotive production can be spun into a highly engineered product. As a virgin fiber they can be...   more

  • Lighter and Economical
    Kunststoffe international 2015/09, PAGE 66 - 67

    Lighter and Economical

    Slashing the Weight and Costs of Parts Made from Talc-Filled Polypropylene

    Combining a chemical blowing agent with special fibers as a highly efficient reinforcing additive for polypropylene enables the...   more

  • Ideal for the Engine
    Kunststoffe international 2015/08, PAGE 51 - 53

    Ideal for the Engine

    Cost-Effective, Heat-Resistant Polyamides

    The automotive industry is driving innovation in materials development. Performance limits of parts and components are scaling ever greater...   more

  • Flexible Auto-Glass Framing
    Kunststoffe international 2015/03, PAGE 25 - 27

    Flexible Auto-Glass Framing

    Novel Thermoplastic Elastomer with Good Flow Behavior and High Surface Finish

    Car windows can be framed more economically and more securely with a novel thermoplastic elastomer based on styrene block copolymers (TPS),...   more

  • Electronics Set the Pace
    Kunststoffe international 2015/03, PAGE 32 - 34

    Electronics Set the Pace

    Hehnke and Arburg Implement a Fully Automatic Facility with Integrated Stamping, Bending and Injection Molding

    Over the past 20 years, Hehnke has developed from a two-man contract manufacturer to a high-volume vehicle component manufacturer. Where...   more

  • Cockpit Module for the Jaguar F-Type
    Kunststoffe international 2015/03, PAGE 28 - 31

    Cockpit Module for the Jaguar F-Type

    Outstanding Perceived Quality and High Functional Demands

    The cockpit module of the new Jaguar F-Type must meet high demands. In particular, this involves the extreme loads on the dashboard during...   more

  • Tailor-Made for LEDs
    Kunststoffe international 2015/03, PAGE 21 - 24

    Tailor-Made for LEDs

    Translucent and Thermally Conductive Compounds for Automotive and E+E

    A wide variety of tailor-made compounds are used in LED technology. Appropriately matched plastics and fillers are used to achieve...   more

  • Fast-Cure Foam Systems for Series Production
    Kunststoffe international 2015/03, PAGE 35 - 36

    Fast-Cure Foam Systems for Series Production

    Very Short Tack-Free Times Accelerate Processing during Foam Sealing

    Newly developed two-component polyurethane foam systems for seals are reacting so fast that the foamed industrial parts can be seamlessly...   more

  • Picture: Sustainability and Design
    Kunststoffe international 2014/03, PAGE 8 - 14

    Novel Material Concepts: Sustainability and Design

    Efficient material concepts are essential for the automobile of tomorrow. This requires closer cooperation of the entire plastics industry...   more

  • Picture: The Future of Energy and Drive Concepts
    Kunststoffe international 2014/03, PAGE 16 - 19

    Forecast: The Future of Energy and Drive Concepts

    Plastics constitute important design elements in vehicle manufacturing and are increasingly taking over the functions of other materials....   more

  • Picture: Innovative and Environmentally Friendly
    Kunststoffe international 2014/03, PAGE 20 - 24

    BMW i3: Innovative and Environmentally Friendly

    The electric car BMW i3 opens diverse application possibilities and perspectives to tailored plastics in the automotive industry. They...   more

  • Picture: Every Ounce Counts
    Kunststoffe international 2014/03, PAGE 25 - 27

    Door Panels with Natural Fiber Content: Every Ounce Counts

    The use of natural fibers for interior components in the automotive industry is becoming increasingly important. In addition to sustainable...   more

  • Picture: Cool Surfaces
    Kunststoffe international 2014/03, PAGE 28 - 30

    Pigments: Cool Surfaces

    Exterior and interior automotive components become extremely hot in strong sunlight. To prevent this, plastic parts can be colored with...   more

  • Picture: And Everything Fits
    Kunststoffe international 2014/03, PAGE 31 - 33

    Seat Cushion Manufacturing: And Everything Fits

    The design and construction of production facilities for manufacturing foam parts for vehicle seating has long been one of the more...   more

  • Picture: Scratch-Resistant
    Kunststoffe international 2014/03, PAGE 34 - 35

    Quality Assurance: Scratch-Resistant

    High-grade plastic surfaces, e. g. of polypropylene, should exhibit the highest scratch resistance possible. This can be achieved by means...   more

  • Picture: Customized Soft-Touch thanks to Threefold Process Integration
    Kunststoffe international 2014/03, PAGE 36 - 38

    Vehicle Interior: Customized Soft-Touch thanks to Threefold Process Integration

    Progress in the so-called “Varysoft” process gives manufacturers and users of soft-touch components new horizons thanks to the swivel-plate...   more

  • Picture: Eight Million Brake Light Switches per Year
    Kunststoffe international 2014/03, PAGE 39 - 40

    Automated Mass Production: Eight Million Brake Light Switches per Year

    The production of eight million brake light switches annually is subject to its own set of priorities. Flexibility is less important here...   more

  • Picture: Self-Reinforced Thermoplastic Composites
    Kunststoffe international 2014/03, PAGE 41 - 46

    Composite Materials (Part 2): Self-Reinforced Thermoplastic Composites

    Based on research results from the Transregio 30 special research area, it is illustrated how composites of self-reinforced semicrystalline...   more

  • Picture: Tailored to Reactive Polyamide 6
    Kunststoffe international 2014/03, PAGE 47 - 51

    Thermoplastic Resin Transfer Molding (T-RTM): Tailored to Reactive Polyamide 6

    The T-RTM process has been successfully applied as a B-pillar reinforcement made from a continuous fiber-reinforced plastic, utilizing a...   more

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  • Picture: Ready for Painting
    Kunststoffe international 2014/03, PAGE 52 - 55

    Surface-RTM Process: Ready for Painting

    The newly developed surface RTM process allows fiberreinforced visible parts with paintable surfaces for automotive construction to be...   more

    We offer you this article for download free of charge with the kind assistance of KraussMaffei Technologies GmbH

  • Picture: Permeability as the Key Parameter for Short Cycle Times
    Kunststoffe international 2012/03, PAGE 25 - 28

    RTM Production: Permeability as the Key Parameter for Short Cycle Times

    To provide targeted support for the development of parts and molds, process simulation should be deployed at a very early stage in product...   more

  • Picture: Materials for the Future of Lightweight Construction
    Kunststoffe international 2012/03, PAGE 30 - 35

    Composites: Materials for the Future of Lightweight Construction

    Continuous fiber reinforced composites allow the automotive industry to achieve weight savings that were previously not possible. In...   more

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  • Picture: Durable and Eco-Friendly
    Kunststoffe international 2012/03, PAGE 39 - 41

    Biopolyamides: Durable and Eco-Friendly

    They are not disposable products, there are no restrictions on their service life and they do not give rise to any technical weaknesses at...   more

  • Picture: From a Cascade to a Flow
    Kunststoffe international 2011/11, PAGE 13 - 15

    Sequential Injection Molding: From a Cascade to a Flow

    Sequential Injection Molding with valve pin systems can be difficult to master in applications which entail long, narrow flow paths but...   more

  • Picture: Focus on Energy Efficiency
    Kunststoffe international 2011/11, PAGE 24 - 27

    IAA 2011: Focus on Energy Efficiency

    This year’s IAA held from 15 thru 25 September in Frankfurt, Germany, reflected the paradigm shift in drive technology. Apart from the...   more

  • Picture: Truck Oil Pan Made from Polyamide
    Kunststoffe international 2011/11, PAGE 28 - 30

    Metal Replacement: Truck Oil Pan Made from Polyamide

    Thanks especially to sophisticated methods of calculation, such as integrative simulation, large oil pans for trucks can now be produced...   more

  • Picture: Designing Lighter Cars
    Kunststoffe international 2011/11, PAGE 31 - 34

    PU Structural Foam: Designing Lighter Cars

    Future generations of vehicles are going to need new innovative solutions in order to ensure efficient performance improvements. With the...   more

  • Picture: Structured Light Exposes Surface Defects
    Kunststoffe international 2011/11, PAGE 46 - 47

    3-D Surface Inspection: Structured Light Exposes Surface Defects

    Structured light projection permits surfaces to be inspected for waviness. The focus is on matt to moderately glossy surfaces, such as...   more

  • Picture: Flood Coatings
    Kunststoffe international 2011/11, PAGE 48 - 49

    Refinement: Flood Coatings

    Coating systems applied by the RIM process provide protection for premium real wood trim parts and give plastic surfaces that individual...   more

  • Picture: With Networked Competence to High-Performance Parts
    Kunststoffe international 2011/09, PAGE 26 - 29

    HP-RTM Process: With Networked Competence to High-Performance Parts

    Almost unnoticed, the high-pressure resin transfer molding (HPRTM) process is gradually gaining in importance for the production of...   more

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  • Picture: From the Green Tire to Lightweight Construction
    Kunststoffe international 2011/07, PAGE 6 - 7

    Sustainable Mobility: From the Green Tire to Lightweight Construction

    Since 1998, Michelin, a French tire manufacturer, has organized the “Challenge Bibendum”, a forum devoted to sustainable road mobility....   more

  • Picture: Scratchproof Depth Effect in One Step
    Kunststoffe international 2011/06, PAGE 19 - 23

    Surface Technology: Scratchproof Depth Effect in One Step

    Particularly in motor vehicle interiors, designers can give free rein to their creativity in order to serve the emotions of the car buyer....   more

  • Picture: Electric Cars: Lightweight Construction and                 More
    Kunststoffe international 2011/03, PAGE 39 - 43

    Plastic Concepts: Electric Cars: Lightweight Construction and More

    It is well known that engineering plastics today have vital functions to fulfill, especially in the areas of weight reduction, performance...   more

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  • Picture: Custom Interior Design
    Kunststoffe international 2011/03, PAGE 51 - 54

    Polycarbonate Film: Custom Interior Design

    New tasks lie ahead for polycarbonate films inside vehicles. The latest design ideas aim to create in the car interior a personalized,...   more

  • Picture: Two Colors with One Stroke
    Kunststoffe international 2011/03, PAGE 55 - 57

    Slush Skin Surfaces: Two Colors with One Stroke

    The trend toward using slush skins in vehicle interiors continues apace. Advantages include a contourspecific reproduction of leather...   more

  • Picture: Making Sure that Looks Are not Deceiving
    Kunststoffe international 2011/03, PAGE 58 - 61

    Surface Quality: Making Sure that Looks Are not Deceiving

    Contrary to classical surface properties such as scratch resistance or glossiness, it is far more difficult to quantify haptic...   more

  • Picture: Lightweight Parts with a Thermoplastic Matrix
    Kunststoffe international 2011/03, PAGE 65 - 68

    Process Integration: Lightweight Parts with a Thermoplastic Matrix

    Fabric-reinforced plastic parts are characterized by low weight, good mechanical properties and favorable crash behavior. A new...   more

  • Picture: Hollow Composite Structures One-a-Minute
    Kunststoffe international 2011/03, PAGE 69 - 73

    FIT-Hybrid: Hollow Composite Structures One-a-Minute

    FIT-Hybrid is an efficient method for cost-effective production of lightweight fiber composite plastic parts with high-strength solid and...   more

  • Picture: Welds instead of Clips
    Kunststoffe international 2011/03, PAGE 74 - 76

    Ultrasonic Welding: Welds instead of Clips

    A cable duct running between the inside rearview mirror and the headliner of a car needed to be produced so as to ensure improved...   more

    We offer you this article for download free of charge with the kind assistance of Herrmann Ultraschalltechnik GmbH & Co.KG .

  • Picture: Better Filling of Polyamides
    Kunststoffe international 2011/02, PAGE 38 - 40

    Functional Filler: Better Filling of Polyamides

    The newly developed surface-treated calcined siliceous earth shows an outstanding performance profile in polyamide 66. Tests showed that,...   more

  • Picture: Lightweight and Highly Resilient
    Kunststoffe international 2010/11, PAGE 58 - 60

    Hybrid Parts from Organic Composite Sheet: Lightweight and Highly Resilient

    Organic composite sheet can be used instead of steel or aluminum to make hybrid composites that yield structural components which are even...   more

  • Picture: Less Odor and Emissions
    Kunststoffe international 2010/11, PAGE 64 - 67

    PP-LGF Compounds: Less Odor and Emissions

    Low odor and emission long glass-fiber-reinforced PP compounds with excellent mechanical and processing properties are ideal materials for...   more

  • Picture: Three Films, One Part – and a Quartered Mold
    Kunststoffe international 2010/11, PAGE 68 - 70

    In-Mold Labeling: Three Films, One Part – and a Quartered Mold

    In-Mold Labeling with three three-dimensionally molded films and two plastic components for a part measuring 380 x 250 x 50 mm: A project...   more

  • Picture: The Long View
    Kunststoffe international 2010/11, PAGE 71 - 73

    Polycarbonate: The Long View

    Polycarbonate glazing can be produced in a combined process of injection molding and compression molding – a challenge for parts developers...   more

  • Picture: Integrated Solution for an Instrument Panel
    Kunststoffe international 2010/06, PAGE 23 - 26

    Process Chain: Integrated Solution for an Instrument Panel

    Production of the instrument panel of the new Audi A4 necessitated combining numerous processing techniques into a highly complex...   more

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  • Picture: More Inside Value
    Kunststoffe international 2010/03, PAGE 34 - 37

    Plastic Surfaces: More Inside Value

    Car interiors must have high-quality surfaces, because for many drivers the interior is the car’s living room. At the same time, high...   more

  • Picture: Engines in 10 to 20 Years
    Kunststoffe international 2010/03, PAGE 44 - 47

    Trend Report: Engines in 10 to 20 Years

    In the past 50 years, numerous metal parts in the engine compartment have been replaced with thermoplastic counterparts. The result is that...   more

  • Picture: A Permanent Bond
    Kunststoffe international 2010/03, PAGE 53 - 55

    Adhesion Promoters: A Permanent Bond

    Building ever lighter automobiles requires innovative solutions, such as the increasing use of hybrid components made from steel and...   more

  • Picture: Plastic Surfaces Take on a New Luster
    Kunststoffe international 2010/03, PAGE 56 - 58

    Trend Report: Plastic Surfaces Take on a New Luster

    The market for surface technology has been very active for many years. Almost every six months new developments are presented in the areas...   more

  • Picture: Complex 2-Component Process Hits the Roof
    Kunststoffe international 2010/03, PAGE 62 - 65

    Injection Compression Molding: Complex 2-Component Process Hits the Roof

    Plastic glazing and large decorative parts with high-gloss optics are one of the most attractive growth markets for plastics in the...   more

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  • Picture: Light, Inexpensive, and Good for the  Environment
    Kunststoffe international 2009/11, PAGE 68 - 69

    Intake Manifold: Light, Inexpensive, and Good for the Environment

    A new glassfiber-reinforced polypropylene is on the verge of raising the bars to unprecedented heights in the areas of savings in...   more

  • Picture: Lighter, Stiffer, Stronger
    Kunststoffe international 2009/11, PAGE 78 - 81

    Epoxy Resin Foams: Lighter, Stiffer, Stronger

    Structural foams, for example epoxy resin-based foams, used either alone or in combination with polyamide or light alloys, offer a...   more

  • Picture: Components also Suffer from Fatigue
    Kunststoffe international 2009/11, PAGE 82 - 85

    Fatigue Strength: Components also Suffer from Fatigue

    Choosing the right material and component design is particularly critical for plastics destined for use under the hood. Materials in this...   more

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  • Picture: Investing for Future  Technology
    Kunststoffe international 2009/09, PAGE 8 - 9

    Glazing: Investing for Future Technology

    At a customer symposium in Leverkusen, Germany, experts from Bayer MaterialScience and other companies provided information on the latest...   more

  • Picture: Cold Plasma Opens Up New Dimensions
    Kunststoffe international 2009/09, PAGE 35 - 38

    Lightweight Construction: Cold Plasma Opens Up New Dimensions

    In Thueringen, Germany, a manufacturer of sandwich panels celebrated a world premier. A new technique makes it possible to treat large...   more

  • Picture: PP Compound with New Properties
    Kunststoffe international 2009/09, PAGE 56 - 57

    Polypropylene: PP Compound with New Properties

    Thanks to its structure, customizable content of glass fibers and low density, a highly crystalline polypropylene compound possesses...   more

  • Picture: Soft-Touch where It Is Desired
    Kunststoffe international 2009/07, PAGE 27

    Slide-Table Technique: Soft-Touch where It Is Desired

    Injection molders will soon be able to freely define the thickness and geometry of a soft-touch foam layer. The technique is applied in a...   more

  • Picture: From 0 to 100 in Three Seconds
    Kunststoffe international 2009/07, PAGE 40 - 44

    Polyphthalamide: From 0 to 100 in Three Seconds

    The example of a charge-air duct produced from newly developed polyphthalamide shows that suitable components can be manufactured and...   more

  • Picture: Plastic Bodies
    Kunststoffe international 2009/07, PAGE 46 - 49

    E-LFT: Plastic Bodies

    The high load-bearing capacity of E-LFT parts which have already been realized and a material behavior which can be readily numerically...   more

  • Picture: Plastics in the Fast Lane
    Kunststoffe international 2009/06, PAGE 46 - 48

    Metal Replacement: Plastics in the Fast Lane

    The way to cars of the future is paved with engineering plastics. Already, some 15 % of a new car in Europe is produced from polymers and...   more

  • Picture: Custom Design
    Kunststoffe international 2009/05, PAGE 45 - 47

    Multi-layer ABS/PMMA: Custom Design

    Specially developed ABS/PMMA multi-layer composites can be more easily and cost effectively processed to the required shape with less...   more

  • Picture: Producing Better Surface Quality Economically
    Kunststoffe international 2009/05, PAGE 50 - 54

    Elastomers and Polyurethanes: Producing Better Surface Quality Economically

    There is now a growing trend towards the use of high-quality interior trim for small and mid-size vehicles as well. Newly developed...   more

  • Picture: Potential for Innovation in the Cars of Tomorrow
    Kunststoffe international 2009/03, PAGE 44 - 46

    Potential for Innovation in the Cars of Tomorrow

    Which innovations in plastics will make automobiles fit for the future? Gudrun Klein, Kunststoffe’s editor in charge of plastics and...   more

  • Picture: Lightweight Design Using Customized Engine Concepts
    Kunststoffe international 2009/03, PAGE 47 - 50

    Functional Polyamides: Lightweight Design Using Customized Engine Concepts

    Automakers and suppliers are already working on new drive technologies such as fuel cells and electric drives. In the near future though...   more

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  • Picture: Real-World Test Passed
    Kunststoffe international 2009/03, PAGE 51 - 53

    Media Resistance: Real-World Test Passed

    Investigations of special polyamide 6 and 66 grades under near-real-world test conditions have shown that they exhibit good resistance to...   more

  • Picture: Trends in Automobile Interiors
    Kunststoffe international 2009/03, PAGE 56 - 59

    Plastic Surfaces: Trends in Automobile Interiors

    Approximately half of the plastics employed in a vehicle are installed in automobile interiors. Innovative developments in materials and...   more

  • Picture: Greater Cost-Efficiency in Airbag Production
    Kunststoffe international 2009/03, PAGE 63 - 66

    Polyamide: Greater Cost-Efficiency in Airbag Production

    A glass fiber-reinforced polyamide 6, optimized especially for airbag housings, offers balanced properties over the whole range of...   more

  • Picture: For Steering Wheels with More Inner Functionality
    Kunststoffe international 2009/03, PAGE 67 - 68

    Polycarbonate-Siloxane: For Steering Wheels with More Inner Functionality

    A new glassfiber-reinforced polycarbonatesiloxane copolymer is revolutionizing the production and design of automotive steering wheels....   more

  • Picture: Injection Molded and Decorated All in One Go
    Kunststoffe international 2009/03, PAGE 80 - 81

    Combined Process: Injection Molded and Decorated All in One Go

    A relatively new process performs injection molding and reaction processing in one machine, and produces high-quality surfaces with...   more

  • Picture: The First Plastic Oil Pan for Production Car Engines
    Kunststoffe international 2008/11, PAGE 59 - 62

    Metal Substitution: The First Plastic Oil Pan for Production Car Engines

    Car engine oil pans were one of the last big domains that were still the preserve of metals. Now, the first ever plastic oil pan module is...   more

  • Picture: Increased Requirements
    Kunststoffe international 2008/11, PAGE 66 - 68

    Polyamide and PBT: Increased Requirements

    In automotive engineering, application of plastics for electrics and electronics applications is growing above average. This particularly...   more

  • Picture: Polyphenylene Sulfide (PPS)
    Kunststoffe international 2008/10, PAGE 110 - 112

    Rising Demand: Polyphenylene Sulfide (PPS)

    Classic metal replacement continues to be a main driving force behind PPS. In combination with greater design creativity, the resulting...   more

  • Picture: Cross-Linked Precision
    Kunststoffe international 2008/08, PAGE 54 - 56

    Thermosets in Automotive Construction: Cross-Linked Precision

    BMC has great potential to replace metal parts. Its application advantages and favorable price make it the material of choice for...   more

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    Kunststoffe international 2008/06, PAGE 74 - 76

    High-tech Polymers: Sensor-Equipped Automobile "Thinks" Along with Driver

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    Kunststoffe international 2008/04, PAGE 36 - 38

    Metal Substitution: Easy Flowing, Highly Filled Polyamide

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    Kunststoffe international 2008/03, PAGE 35 - 37

    Ignacio Fitta: The Right Symbiosis

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    Kunststoffe international 2008/03, PAGE 54 - 57

    Polyamide Films in the Engine Compartment: Design under the Hood

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