Lightweighting options for heavy trucks, too

04/09/2013

An increased industry emphasis on fuel efficiency, safety and operator comfort are accelerating the drive for heavy truck OEMs and their tier suppliers to discover new solutions for lightweighting, better ergonomics, styling, and sustainability. At the recent Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, KY, Sabic's Innovative Plastics business (Pittsfield, MA) showcased the ways material technology, processing technology, and design technology can help the heavy truck industry achieve lighter weight, more sustainable heavy duty trucks. Today, heavy trucks consume 17% of the oil used in the U.S. transportation sector.

"The heavy truck industry is poised to recognize meaningful sustainability benefits from the use of lighter materials. We're excited to tell the story about the ways Sabic's injection-moldable engineering thermoplastics can help the industry reach its goals related to fuel economy, system cost savings, sustainability, or to develop a safer, more comfortable cabin for operators," Scott Fallon, senior director, global automotive, Innovative Plastics, commented. "Sabic recently unveiled the first application of PC glazing in rear fixed and roll-down side windows in a production automotive vehicle. We're eager to help translate best practices and innovative solutions like PC glazing to reduce weight across industries as a resource to help heavy truck OEMs and tiers save development time and costs," Fallon said.

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