Plastics composites date to the earliest days in the automotive industry when wood was used as a reinforcing material. In the 1950s, General Motors launched a composite-sheathed Corvette, seemingly starting a composites boom. Chrysler reignited the flame when it launched the Viper.
And as the 12th annual Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition kicked off in Troy, MI today, it appeared that all the ducks were lining up nicely for that long-awaited composites surge to take place.
Automotive mileage requirements are rising significantly and new regulations are expected to reduce greenhouse gases that can be emitted from cars.
But that wasn't the tone at a kick-off panel discussion of industry experts....