Automotive Plastics & Composites - Worldwide Markets & by D. Mann

By D. Mann

Following the luck of the 1st (1995) version, this totally up-to-date record will supply a world assessment of using car plastics and composites in passenger cars, with an research of markets and developments to the 12 months 2007. particular cognizance is given to automobile weightloss.

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Extruded PP and PE foam sheets are used in doors as watershields substituting simple PP film, and as a bootliner. Producers include Sekisui in the Netherlands, Troplast in Germany, Toray in Japan, Zotefoams in the UK. Major PP producers include BP Amoco, MonteU, Targor, Borealis, DSM, Elf/ Total Fina, Exxon, Huntsman, Solvay, Mitsui and Japan Polychem. 2 Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is made from vinyl chloride monomer and has become the second largest of the commodity plastics materials after polyethylene.

Curing a thermoset resin is also cross-linking. Cross-linked PP or PE foam in sheets can be obtained by a beta radiation step after extruding the foam or decomposing a peroxide by heating. Crystalline: many plastics are semi-crystalline, which means that some 30 to 70% of crystallites are present in the structure surrounded by an amorphous polymer. These polymers are non transparent because they exist in two distinct phases. Examples are polypropylene (PP), polyacetal (POM), polyamides (PA), polybutylene terephtalate (PBT) and they exhibit a rather sharp softening or melting temperature.

Recyclate: this indicates a polymer which has been recycled. Recyclates can have somewhat inferior properties compared to first class material. It is therefore often blended with virgin material. Recycling: refers to the reuse of the materials or components of scrapped cars. Legislation is arriving in Europe, the end of life vehicle regulations requiring a minimum of 85% recyclability. A careful selection of polymeric materials is necessary since the plastic parts need to be ground and mixed with virgin plastic.

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