„Plastics in motion - How polymers change the automotive industry“
Plastics have become indispensable, especially in automotive engineering. The trend toward e-mobility opens up new design options for manufacturing vehicles that would not be possible without plastics. The interior of a car already consists mainly of plastic materials. The situation is different for the exterior, where there is still a lot of potential for polymer materials. It's not just about further weight savings, but also about a completely new design with integrated functionalities. In the technical area of an automobile, for example, electrically conductive, permanently antistatic and shielding plastics are increasingly in demand. With increasing automation, a large number of sensors such as radar, lidar, IR or ultrasonic sensors are also finding their way into the vehicle. Tailor-made plastics are also used here.
Dr. Frank Schönberger
Department head of Synthesis and Formulating Fraunhofer Institute