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Automotive Lightweighting Solutions: Thermoplastic & Natural Fiber Composites

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Recorded on Dec 7, 2017

Identify today's best material solutions for automotive weight-saving (advanced composites, engineering plastics, bio-based…) with a review of current state-of-the-art & latest advances.

2017 Innovations Focus: 

  • Award-winning Hemp-reinforced PP featuring microcellular foaming technology
  • Novel technologies for  CFRTP part welding and bonding
  • New thermoplastic composites based on PA 66/6 blends with improved crash absorption and more…

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Presented By:
Donald Rosato
Length: 90 min

Course Type: Innovation
Level: Intermediate

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Why should you view this course?

Advanced material technologies are making breakthroughs in weight savings to meet increasingly tough automotive emission targets. Leading this pack are the thermoplastic composites (long glass fiber nylons, CFRP, natural fiber-based…)! 

And they don’t just help with lightweighting – offering improved crash absorption, recyclability, lower costs vs metal... Join this course and you will:

  1. Save time and keep pace with latest developments with a synthetic & neutral overview of today's best solutions for structural metal part replacement, lighter engine covers, door panels, seats...

  2. Feed your creativity by seeing how others address lightweighting challenges without compromising on strength, stability, design, cost...

  3. Strengthen your automotive part design strategy by reviewing how and where thermoplastic composites and advanced plastics solutions can contribute to weight reduction
Automotive Lightweighting Solutions

Who should view this course?

Suited for everyone in the value chain who wants to be aware of latest weight-saving technologies :
  • Raw material producers who want to understand how their innovations can fit in the market
  • Part designers who need to review the new materials available to go further in weight saving

Course Outline

Don Rosato will present what he considers as the most impactful innovations of 2017

  1. Automotive Weight Saving Technologies Overview
    • Automotive Weight Saving Market Drivers
    • Automotive Weight Saving Technology Trends

  2. Advanced Composites for Lightweighting Solutions
    • Thermoplastic Composites (LFRTP, CFRTP…)
    • Natural Fiber Composites

  3. Other Weight Saving Material Advances
    • Thermosets and Thermoplastics
    • Bioplastics and Biocomposites
    • Competing Metal Materials

  4. Automotive Weight Saving Process Technologies

  5. Automotive Weight Saving Applications
    • Interior / Exterior
    • Under-the-Hood
    • Structural Metal Part Replacement

  6. The Future of Automotive Weight Saving

  7. Major Automotive Weight Saving Players/Related References

  8. 30 Mins Q&A session- ask your questions directly to the expert !

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Members Reviews

My background is in thermoplastics but this training showed that more material solutions would also offer weight saving. This would change my perspective on this subject.

Mark W. , from Solvay Advanced Polymers

Fast and easy way to learn about key trends and developments!

Christian K. , from Kraton Polymer GmbH

Gave a very good overview of technologies aimed at light weighting, much broader than we would normally be exposed to!

Norman B. , from Kraton Polymer GmbH

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