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Polymers in the automotive industry – which materials will be the winners and losers?

It is clear that plastics have gains share from more traditional materials used in vehicle production such as glass and metals – but what further penetration is possible? How will the penetration of competing plastics, polymer compounds and polymer composites evolve. Which material will be the winner and losers?

The automotive industry is the second most important consuming sector of polymers after construction. Therefore, changes in material usage can have major implications on polymer demand and the financial performance of polymer producers.

Nexant Thinking has produced a detailed study which examines the main plastics used in automotive production and how materials usage trends are likely to evolve.

The study will consider:

  • Vehicle manufacturers’ changing strategic priorities, including light-weighting and reducing manufacturing costs.
  • The emergence of high performance polymer composites, blends, alloys and compounds.
  • The growing penetration of emerging vehicle technologies (electric, hybrid, flexible fuels and autonomous vehicles etc)
  • Demand from consumers for better aesthetics and the more creative freedom reinforced carbon fibre and other plastics provide to designers
  • New manufacturing techniques including 3D printing and eco-friendly production

This report will incorporate expertise that Nexant has gained over many years examining polymer market trends in the automotive industry as well as the results from extensive and global interview programme called OEMs, automotive suppliers, regulators and other innovators who will influence material usage in vehicles over the next decade.

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