DuPont renews push into automotive thermoplastic composites

DuPont is making a new push into thermoplastic composites as part of its global strategy to develop technologies that reduce emphasis on fossil fuels, corporate officials said in interviews at the company's Chestnut Run complex in Delaware last week.

"We're looking at designs that can provide structure in a car while also reducing weight...Our goal is to develop automotive composites that can be produced in cycle times of less than one minute," said David A. Glasscock, DuPont's global business manager of thermoplastic composites. That's a significant improvement over conventionally used thermoset composites, which often have cycle times of many minutes.

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