The existence of automobiles has provided many convenient conditions for people’s lives. With the continuous innovation and development of science and technology, the ever-changing styles of automobiles have also made major breakthroughs in their manufacturing materials. Not only are plastic materials gradually replacing traditional materials, but automotive plastics can not only maximize To meet the special needs of automakers for parts and components, it can also reduce processing costs and reduce fuel consumption. The lightweight of cars also helps improve the comfort of passenger cars. Frost & Sullivan, an American growth consulting company, February The published research report stated that the rapid technological advancement of the European automotive manufacturing industry will drive the growing demand for automotive plastics.
At the same time, increasingly severe environmental issues and the regulation of carbon emissions have also made automakers pay more and more attention to the development of automotive plastics. The application of plastics in the automotive industry can not only reduce vehicle fuel consumption and vehicle weight, achieve environmental sustainability, but also improve design flexibility and safety. Typical applications include applications in auto parts such as spoilers, mudguards, airbags and seat belts. In addition to having extremely high environmental sustainability, high-performance automotive plastics also have extremely strong design flexibility and operational safety. At present, automotive plastics are widely used in parts such as bumpers, engine covers, airbags, and seat belts. The integration of high-performance plastics can not only reduce the weight of the car, but also play the role of shock absorption and wear resistance, so as to better extend the service life of the car.
The automotive plastics market continues to grow, and the prospects are very promising
According to Luo Baihui, secretary general of the International Mould Association, polypropylene (PP), polyethylene (PE), ABS resin, engineering plastics and their alloy materials have been initially used in the automotive field. It is expected that from 2012 to 2015, the application of nanocomposite materials, sprayable and spray-free plastics, plastic lenses and plastic glass, and fiber-reinforced thermoplastics will be fully utilized in automotive materials.
In terms of cost, plastic auto parts have more cost advantages than traditional metal parts. Although the price of metal materials for equivalent units is higher than that of automotive plastics, the latter is more feasible and can greatly reduce processing, assembly and other subsequent costs. In addition, as high-performance plastics are used in the automotive field in the future, their prices are bound to fall further.
As a new type of component material, plastic can not only reduce the weight of the car, thereby reducing fuel consumption and reducing emissions, but also greatly reduce the purchase cost, improve the power of the car, and enhance its safety, and ultimately make the car perform better in terms of safety and cost. Good performance. There is no doubt that the application prospects of plastics in automobiles will become more and more broad.
The new automotive plastics planning blueprint released by the Plastics Section of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) stated that it is necessary to demonstrate the capabilities of plastics and polymer composites to expand the use of these materials in automotive applications. The organization released the first blueprint for automotive plastics in 2001, and the last update was in 2009. The latest version is called "Automotive Plastics and Polymer Composites Technology Planning Blueprint", which aims to build a framework to increase the penetration of plastics and polymer composites in the automotive industry, with special emphasis on weight reduction applications and meeting fuel efficiency standards .
With the continuous improvement of people’s living standards, the automotive industry will develop rapidly, which gives automotive plastics a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. After having a good market prospect, enterprises need to make persistent efforts in research and development to continuously develop the potential of plastic raw materials. Let the automotive plastics have more competitive advantages, so that the automotive plastics market will continue to grow and develop.