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The markets: Automotive (2021)
Composites continue measured growth as the global automotive industry, driven by zero-emissions goals toward increased electrification, seeks to reduce vehicle weight and improve performance.
Composites fare well at 2020 PACE Awards
This year’s automotive supplier award winners included composite bumper beam, liftgate and pickup box applications.
2019 SPE Automotive Innovation Awards winners announced
Among the winners and finalists, a wide range of technologies demonstrate composites’ benefits for ground transportation.
Automotive composites draw international crowd to Detroit
19th SPE ACCE features broad technology overview of evolving automotive composites industry.
IACMI SMC Workshop: From What to Why
Introductory course teaches students about composition, characteristics, benefits of sheet-molding compound.
Magna produces lightweight, composite liftgates and active aerodynamic grille shutters in China
Innovations help lower emission and improve fuel economy for fast-growing market.
2019 North American International Auto Show: An unclear future for autocomposites?
Columnist Dale Brosius reflects on the insights — and lack thereof — he gained into current and upcoming autocomposites at 2019’s North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).
Innovation in SMC: A long history and great potential
Manufacturer’s representative Steve Brown reflects on the history of sheet molding compound (SMC) development and lessons he has learned from working with companies through the process.
48th auto-plastics competition highlights changing industry
Additive manufacturing, autonomous vehicles, greener parts featured prominently.
2018 CAMX Award finalists announced
The winning entries will be announced and presented during the General Session at CAMX on Tuesday, Oct.16 in Dallas, TX, US.
Automotive tipping point?
CW Editor Jeff Sloan predicts a tipping point for autocomposites after attending this year’s Society of Plastics Engineers’ Automotive Composites Conference and Exhibition (SPE ACCE).
Recyclable thermoplastic composites liftgates offer weight savings
Magna to launch two more thermoplastic liftgates this year.
Magna recognized at 2018 SPE Automotive Awards
Magna received three first-place awards at the 2018 Society of Plastics Engineers Automotive Awards gala in recognition of its lightweighting efforts enabled by advanced materials.
Magna launches Germany-based Composites Center of Excellence
The new Composites Center of Excellence aims to help European automakers meet emissions requirements with lightweight structures and exterior components made of advanced materials.
SMC: Old dog, more tricks
In the sheet molding compound renaissance, the advent of new resins and compounds are broadening the definition and application of this versatile family of composites.
JEC 2017 – Aiming for Industrialization
The exhibit floor in Paris reflected composites’ move toward high-rate and high-volume production.
SMC: Old dog, new tricks
A sheet molding compound renaissance highlights new reinforcements, new fillers, new matrices, new opportunities.
Composites in Class A body panels: Evolution continues
Low-density SMCs lead the way as fiber-reinforced polymers make headway in auto components that must please the eye.
How do we integrate composites into the auto supply chain?
I am attending this week (Sept. 7-9) the Society of Plastics Engineers’ (SPE) Automotive Composites Conference and Exhibition (ACCE) in the Detroit suburb of Novi, MI, US.
The matrix binds the fiber reinforcement, gives the composite component its shape and determines its surface quality. A composite matrix may be a polymer, ceramic, metal or carbon. Here’s a guide to selection.
Fiber reinforcement forms
Fibers used to reinforce composites are supplied directly by fiber manufacturers and indirectly by converters in a number of different forms, which vary depending on the application. Here's a guide to what's available.