Meridian Automotive Systems Inc.

Structural and appearance composite products for automotive, heavy truck, consumer, and industrial applications. Primary products are compression- and injection-molded assemblies, using SMC, BMC, DLFT, GMT, DCPD and engineered-thermoplastics. Also sells custom SMC compounds to other molders.

999 Republic Dr.
Allen Park, MI 48101 US

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Meridian sells composites business to Dacoma
Economic downturn prompts the sale to help improve Meridian's liquidity.

Meridian’s Brazilian SMC/BMC compounding operation acquired by Citadel Plastics
Citadel, which owns Bulk Molding Compounds Inc., gets Meridian's bulk molding compound operation in Brazil.

Chart Resin

Resin systems update: The greening of thermosets
 Thermoset resin formulators seek environmental benefits as customers demand reduced cost and increased performance.

Meridian Automotive plans for Mexican SMC facility
The facility, in Saltillo, Mexico, will produce 75 million tons of sheet molding compound annually.

Meridian Green Car Conf booth

Green Car Conference looks at sustainable vehicles
Well-attended first-time event marred by lack of composites industry representation.

Mercedes SLR McLaren

NAIA 2009 show highlights
The Detroit auto exhibition’s hybrid and electric vehicle introductions underscore the need for lightweighting with low investment cost, which composites can provide.

James Colgrove

2008 SPE Automotive Composites Conference and Exhibition
The annual gathering of automotive composites experts revealed significant effort to make composites more affordable and efficient and mold cycle times faster. 

Wheel-lip Molding

Composites Pick Up New Applications in Light Trucks
Long a bastion of steel, the tougher-duty pickup segment of the light truck market is warming to the benefits of composites.

Yellow Corvette

Automotive Composites: Taking Subjectivity out of Class A Surface Evaluation
 Toward the goal of more consistent, repeatable and quantifiable Class A surface analysis, automakers and systems suppliers are developing and employing automated surface inspection tools.

NAIA Show Highlights
The 2007 Detroit Auto Show emphasizes “green” themes and high performance.

Innovation Driving Automotive SMC
New materials, methods and machinery are restoring sheet molding compound's preferred material status for automotive and heavy truck body panels.

Detroit Auto Show
2007 NAIAS exhibition spotlights new composites applications.

Strain levels for a GIGA Trailer

Fuel Economy Drives Big Rig Composites
A variety of materials and processing methods are lightweighting and economizing trucks and trailers in the commercial freight arena.

Truck Bed Assembly

Inside-the-box thinking pays off for Honda
New Ridgeline pickup features innovative composite box with first-ever molded-in trunk.

SPE Automotive Composites Conference Highlights
 Automotive OEM's, Tier One molders, and suppliers of materials, machines and tooling assembled Sept. 16-18 for the 8th annual Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition, presented jointly by the Automotive and Composites divisions of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE). Held at Michigan State University's (MSU) Management Education Center (Troy, Mich.

Product Categories of Meridian Automotive Systems Inc.

Materials
  • Compounds
    • Bulk molding (BMC)
    • Low-pressure molding
    • Sheet molding (SMC)
    • Thermoplastic, long fiber-reinforced (LFRT)
    • Thermoplastic, short fiber-reinforced
Fabricating services
  • Thermoplastic materials
    • Adhesive bonding
    • Coating and painting
    • Compression molding
    • Custom compounding and blending
    • Injection molding
    • Metal bonding
    • Prototyping
    • Vacuum forming
  • Thermoset materials
    • Adhesive bonding
    • Coating and painting
    • Compression molding
    • Custom compounding and blending
    • Fiber placement
    • Honeycomb structures
    • Injection molding
    • Metal bonding
    • Prototyping
    • Pultrusion
    • Reaction injection molding (RIM)
    • Structural reaction injection molding (SRIM)
Composite Structures & Components
  • Automotive, body panels & substructures
  • Automotive, interior (seats, IPCs, floor panels, etc.)
  • Automotive, underhood
  • Carbon/carbon composites
  • Infrastructure, composite
  • Marine, boat (hulls, decks, bulkheads, etc.)
  • Marine, other
  • Other composite structures
Design, testing, consulting, other services
  • CAD/CAM/CAE design
  • Finite element modeling/analysis (FEM/FEA)
  • Materials analysis
  • Product design
  • Testing
    • Testing, materials
    • Testing, product
    • Testing, structural