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Published: 12/31/2012

Optimizing materials selection in automotive and aerospace structures
Advanced materials analyst Ross Kozarsky (Lux Research, Boston, Mass.) looks at composites and competing metals in the multimaterial car of the future.

Published: 12/31/2012

Waiting for $5/lb carbon fiber?
HPC editor-in-chief Jeff Sloan suggests we say goodbye to $5/lb carbon fiber and expect that composites will earn their way onto autos by saving drivers money.

Published: 5/31/2012

Automotive SMC: The wheel comes full circle
James Canner (Sterling Engineering & Mfg., Royal Oak, Mich.) explains why it is, once again, an exciting time to be a part of the automotive composites industry.

Published: 3/31/2012

Commercial ground transport: A very present opportunity
Industry consultant Bob Lacovara, principal at Convergent Composites (Perkasie, Pa.) and the former technical director of the American Composites Manufacturers Assn., argues for an automotive sector composites-for-metal conversion harvest in the rip...

Published: 1/2/2012

Automotive evolution or real revolution?
HPC's editor-in-chief Jeff Sloan asks, Are efforts by BMW and GM to put carbon composites in cars a harbinger of things to come, as we hope, or flashes in the pan?

Published: 11/30/2010

Fuel cells (finally) set to power composites growth
Fuel cells and related technologies will form a sizable new market as they move past the phase of demonstration projects, overcome longstanding technology hurdles and gain momentum in their progress toward affordability.

Published: 7/30/2010

That "new car" smell: Sniffing out the regulatory trends
Environmental consultant Pat Hooper contends that growing concern about auto interior air quality is the elephant in the room that the composites industry can't afford to ignore.

Published: 6/19/2009

A vision for carbon fiber in the automotive market
 Dr. Kalyan Sehanobish shares a vision for carbon fiber in the automotive market.