The use of plastic components in the automotive industry has shown extraordinary growth in recent years. Polymers are currently being used to manufacture more than 1,000 different automotive parts. Using plastics as an alternative to traditional materials such as metal gives the industry major advantages, including energy efficiency, durability, design flexibility, noise reduction and cost savings.
The MAT4RAIL project developed new formulations of hybrid resins that will make it possible to replace metal railways parts with lighter composite materials. Smart interior parts were also designed to increase capacity and provide greater passenger comfort.
Biocomposite materials can be defined as composite materials in which at least one of the constituents is derived from natural sources. This includes composite materials made from the combination of petroleum-derived polymers reinforced with natural fibre, biopolymers reinforced with natural fibre, or biopolymers reinforced with synthetic fibre (e.g. glass, carbon).
Composite components must be cured under very strict processing conditions due to the need of having a reproducible polymerisation of the resin. Currently, polyester, vinylester […]
Many drivers of electric cars are troubled by what is known as range anxiety, a common worry drivers feel when they believe their battery will […]
The Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal is a multilateral environmental treaty that mainly involves hazardous waste. […]
AIMPLAS recently finished coordinating the LIFE CIRC-ELV Project, which ended with the successful development of a new process for recycling plastic components from end-of-life vehicles. […]
The automotive industry is facing the challenge of environmental sustainability by reducing CO2 emissions in response to legislation and the demands of society, which call […]
AIMPLAS has expanded the scope of its testing accreditation for the automotive industry by including the one cubic-metre chamber emission method.