Plastic has been on the rise in the automotive industry in 2018. As the formulas and technology for plastic continue to develop and modernize, it has become increasing useful. We’ve discussed how plastic materials are used in the medical and construction industries; now here are some of the most popular ways plastic is being used in the automotive industry.
Plastic car parts have been on the rise for awhile now. Many automakers are shifting to plastic parts because of their various advantages over metal. Plastic parts have a lower cost to make, a longer life, a lower weight, and are overall more efficient as their production can eliminate other secondary manufacturing processes altogether.
Using plastic allows automotive manufacturers to decrease the weight of the car and therefore improve the overall performance of the vehicle. According to a report by the American Chemistry Council (ACC), plastic materials comprise approximately 50 percent of a lightweight vehicle’s volume, but only about 8 percent of the vehicle’s weight.
2018 showed a major rise in the use of plastic materials in automotive interiors, specifically when it comes to interior panels, dashboards, and trim. Plastic is more likely to be used in modern cars for interior panels, dashboards, and trim than any other material.
Because plastics can easily formed into any shape, it an ideal material for a vehicle’s curving interior pieces. Plastic materials will also reduce incoming UV rays and help protect passengers and the vehicle itself from potential sun damage.
L-S Industries and the Automotive Industry
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