Akron, Ohio -- Decreasing the weight of cars and trucks improves their fuel economy lessens their carbon footprint -- and offers a huge opportunity for plastics, including polyurethanes.
Plastics not only enhance design freedom, but also can help vehicle makers lighten the load as a metal replacement in exterior components, as well as in frames, interiors, under the hood, and as a glass replacement in glazing, notes a statement from Plastics News Global Group.
Such polymers also will play a key role in tomorrow's environmentally friendly electric and hybrid vehicles -- from traditional parts to battery components, the statement adds.
Plastics News Global Group will explore this fertile territory at its 7-9 Nov conference 'Plastics in Lightweight & Electric Vehicles 2011' in Livonia, Michigan.
This PN event is timed to end as the SPE Automotive Division kicks off its 41st annual Innovation Awards program and gala banquet just down the street. The SPE Innovation Awards, where a number of the parts and technologies in question are likely to be highlighted, last year attracted some 600 attendees.
For conference details, go to www.autolightweighting.com.