Asahi Kasei Plastics (Fowlerville, Mich.) has announced a new long glass fiber-reinforced polypropylene for improved impact performance and 20 percent cost savings compared to traditional long glass fiber-reinforced polypropylene. Thermylene I is said to provide a balance of stiffness and toughness over a broad range of temperatures, positioning it to replace metal, long glass and many other engineering resin applications. Automotive parts in particular are said to be particularly well suited for Thermylene, says Asahi Kasei Plastics. Key automotive applications include front-end modules, instrument panel retainers, battery trays, luggage racks and accelerator brake clutch modules. It is also said to be ideal for a wide variety of other structural, functional and appearance parts.
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