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Plastics Enabling Autonomy In New Directions: Mobile Art Gallery
So I developed an autonomous car, which plastics can make into a mobile art gallery. It brings cutting-edge, multimedia pieces to the people of Detroit wherever they live and work. And, it gives artists a chance to get that all-important marketing exposure needed to both make a living, and a splash, any time, any place.

How to Put an Electric Control Button INTO the Surface...
TactoTek a structural electronics manufacturer is using plastics to make vehicle ‘connectivity’ more human. The “touchy-feely” printed circuitry of in-mold electronics uses injection molded plastic in several layers, to create a custom “in-situ” part that replaces many standard multi-part switches, knobs, controls and wiring.

You Won't Believe This: A REAL Plastic Engine
Solvay a chemistry company known for modern innovation for 153 years is a key sponsor for the Polimotor 2 project: an initiative to build an “all-plastic” engine that reduces overall engine weight by up to 30%. How is it possible to take 30% of the weight of an engine block off? The engine cylinder sleeves are metal; but the block is a tough, resilient thermoset plastic. 
Autonomous Auto Design Beats Detroit Traffic and Parking Lot Congestion
When designing a vehicle for Detroit 2035, Zachary Rusack had one lingering question. Should we change the city or change the vehicle to improve transportation? All too often, we react by changing a city's infrastructure to adjust to transportation and population needs. But, Rusack had a different, innovative idea. 

Lightweighting Becomes the Green Car of the Year 
To help maximize the Bolt's range, this revolutionary EV is made from lightweight materials such as carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP). With lighter weight CFRP, electric cars like the Chevy Bolt can drive for longer distances and accelerate more quickly while maintaining many important driver safety features (in the crumple zone).

From the Detroit Auto Show: It’s a Car, It’s a Boat, It’s… the Future 
Her design ー an amphibious, solar powered vehicle ーincluded all the elements of success the assignment expected. It incorporated lightweight, affordable plastics to help take the vehicle from land to sea by maintaining buoyancy and preventing rust build up.

Automotive Bonding that Lasts a Lifetime 
What helps a car’s 30,000 parts stay connected over the course of its average 11-year life? Plasma is the fourth state of matter after solid, liquid and gas. Static and dust from the assembly line can prevent good bonding on plastic parts essential to safety and efficiency and multi-material bonding. So what is plasma and how does it work?

Incorporating Plastics Into Heavy Duty Trucks to Meet New Fuel Efficiency Standards 
To introduce a new generation of trucks that can meet the fuel economy and emission standards, manufacturers are utilizing plastics and plastic composites to replace heavier metal parts.

Reversible Bonding in Multi-Material Vehicles: How It’s Done Part II
It almost sounds too good to be true…but really it’s just the power of plastics and chemistry!

The Case for Reversible Bonding in Today’s Automotive Assembly Part I
Plastic is the matrix material holding carbon fibers together to form material one-sixth the weight of steel but with twelve times the crash absorbing energy.

In-Mold Electronic Inks: A Union of Form and Function for Printed Plastic Car Parts
A new development may change the way we print and manufacture electronic automotive plastics forever – making cars lighter while improving their appearance and functionality in the process.

Plastics in Automotive: American Chemistry Panel at SxSW Eco
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) helped facilitate a discussion at a recent SxSW Eco event, preparing an exciting panel about how automakers are increasingly turning to advanced, lightweight materials in order to reach 54.5 mpg by 2025.

Breakthrough Innovation! Meet the “Polimotor 2”
In Polimotor 2, Solvay will replace up to ten metal engine components – including the water pump, oil pump, water inlet/outlet, throttle body, fuel rail, cam sprockets and others – with parts made from high-performing thermoplastic materials.

Plastic Auto Parts: BMW i3 Tour of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics Body in White and Crumple Zone Physics
This post showcases an exclusive video that highlights automotive lightweighting and the dynamic front-end vectoring technology of the crumple zone used in the fully electric BMW i3.

Dual Tracks to Automotive Lightweighting
In this video, John McElroy (the host of Autoline Daily) offers his views on the future of plastics in the automotive industry.

How Automobile Lightweighting Is Done: The Coming Revolution
Tomorrow’s cars need to be safe and fuel efficient, so automakers must pursue materials that are incredibly strong, but weigh less.

Moving Safety from the Racetrack to the Highway: Keeping Cars Safe with Automotive Plastics
Safety is important for anyone operating a vehicle, but at 200+ mph, it’s especially crucial for racecar drivers. Thus it makes perfect sense that automotive designers are borrowing materials and safety ideas to build safer cars of the future.

Detroit Auto Show Recap: Automobile Lightweighting on
At the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, John McElroy, host of, moderated several panels as part of the Autoline Supplier Symposium event; ACC’s Automotive Team Chairman Matthew Marks also joined the final panel of the day to discuss automobile lightweighting.

The Revolution: How Injection Molded Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics Will Be an Auto Industry Game Changer
With strict government CAFE standards requiring higher efficiency vehicles by 2025, choosing the right materials for automotive car parts is more important than ever.

Lightweighting in Cars: One Weird Chart That Should Convince Auto Makers
With strict government CAFE standards requiring higher efficiency vehicles by 2025, choosing the right materials for automotive car parts is more important than ever.

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