Clariant homes in on Chinese automakers with additives approach to lightweighting solutions


Clariant (Muttenz, Switzerland) is introducing China's local automotive and transportation industry players to solutions which enhance lightweight plastics for under-the-hood, interior and exterior parts, in support of their increasing interest in using plastics and polymer-based components to achieve greater fuel efficiency. More than 22 million vehicles were assembled in China in 2013 according to the International Organisation of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA), representing 300% growth since 2005.

The global automotive industry is embracing plastics in the trend toward weight reduction, metal replacement and energy reduction according to Clariant. "Plastics also support improved aesthetics, vibration and noise control, and cabin insulation," it adds.
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