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Latest Weight Saving Solutions for Automotive Applications

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Recorded on Feb 25, 2016

Identify today's best automotive weight-saving solutions to meet new pressing constraints with a review of current state-of-the-art & latest advances.

2016 Innovations Focus: PMMA for auto glazing, new ultra-Light Sheet Molding Compound (SMC), carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic composites…

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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?

From raw material producers to designers, most of you are undergoing increasing pressure to save weight in automotive: new emissions regulations, spiraling car weight increases caused by continual addition of car features... As a consequence, some of the solutions that were acceptable 3 to 5 years ago are no longer enough... 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 polymers (PA, PC, PMMA, PPE, PS, PP, bioplastics/composites...) can contribute to weight reduction

Who should view this course?

Ideally suited for all those who wish 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 has been closely following developments related to automotive lightweighting over the past 12 months. He will present what he considers as the most impactful innovations for the industry:

  1. Automotive Weight Saving Technologies Overview
    • Automotive Weight Saving Market Drivers
    • Automotive Weight Saving Technology Trends
  2. Weight Saving Material Advances
    • Thermoplastics and Thermosets
    • Advanced Composites
    • Bioplastics and Biocomposites
    • Competing Metal Materials
  3. Automotive Weight Saving Process Technologies
  4. Automotive Weight Saving Applications
    • Interior / Exterior
    • Under-the-Hood
    • Structural Metal Part Replacement
  5. The Future of Automotive Weight Saving
  6. Major Automotive Weight Saving Players/Related References

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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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