DENSO Corporation (Japan) has been conducting research and development on plant-derived plastic materials, which are based on plant molecular structures, in order to reduce impacts on the environment. It has recently disclosed that it is using bio-polycarbonate (PC) made from starch and urethane resin extracted from castor oil in some of its products. Continue reading Toyota adopts Denso’s bioplastics for its navigation system
“The Power to Surprise”. The motto of Kia Motors Corporation (South Korea) applies to its SOUL Electric Vehicle (EV) stuffed with bio-plastics which made its debut at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show.
Mitsubishi Chemicals develops new grade of DURABIO™ bio-based engineering plastic for the automotive industry.
Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (Japan) recently announced the development of a new grade of high-performance, high-transparency bio-based engineering plastic called DURABIO™, using plant-derived isosorbide as its raw material.
Toray to enhance production site and expand capacity for carbon fiber TORAYCA® Prepreg in the US for the Automotive and Aircraft manufacturing Industry.
Industry trend: high end compounds and fiber reinforced compounds gradually replace metal in automotive parts
Engineering plastics and thermoset materials have already succeeded in replacing metal in multiple markets. The key driver for this substitution is weight reduction and, consequently, lower fuel consumption for vehicles of all types.