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Increased Use of Frp in Auto Structural Applications Being Sought

In conjunction with the K'98 show last year, Owens Corning launched an initiative to expand use of reinforced thermoplastics in automotive markets. A venture between Owens Corning and DSM, begun earli...

September 1, 1999   Canadian Plastics



In conjunction with the K’98 show last year, Owens Corning launched an initiative to expand use of reinforced thermoplastics in automotive markets. A venture between Owens Corning and DSM, begun earlier this year, intends to provide long-fibre-reinforced polypropylene for molding large structural auto parts to replace metal. The key to the venture, which will eventually serve Europe, is a polymer coating developed by Owens Corning that, when applied to long glass fibres, improves bonding with other resins, especially PP. The objective is to replace metal in automotive structural applications with reinforced plastic grades delivering up to 50 percent weight reductions in comparison to metal.


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