Following the success of the first (1995) edition, this fully updated report will provide a global overview of the use of automotive plastics and composites in passenger vehicles, with an analysis of markets and trends to the year 2007. Special attention is given to vehicle weight reduction.
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Automotive Plastics and Composites: Worldwide Markets and Trends to 2007, 2nd Edition
Chapter headings and selected sections:
The Changing Structure of the Automotive Components Industry.
Plastics and Reinforcements Used in Automobile Construction.
Thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs).
Styrene block copolymers (TPE-S).
(Thermoset) polyurethanes (PUR).
Plastics Processing Methods.
Powder slush moulding.
Injection compression moulding.
Reinforced reaction injection moulding (RRIM).
Plastic painting processes.
Competition Between Plastics and Other Materials.
Prospects for aluminium.
Cost comparisons between steel, aluminium and plastic composite structures.
Environmental and Safety Requirements, Customer Demand.
Car exterior impacts.
Fuel consumption and weight reduction, fuel quality and exhaust xases.
Recycling and Disposal.
Four stages in recycling policy.
Issues in plastics recycling.
Limited recycling of thermosets.
Examples of the Use of Plastics for Specific Components and Systems.
Electrical and electronic control systems.
Instrument panels and cockpit components.
Global car production to 2007.
Profiles of Major Car Producers. Automotive industry trends.
Profiles of the Major Suppliers of Plastic Components to the Car Industry.
Directory of Major Car Makers.
Directory of Representative Plastic Components Suppliers.