By D. Mann

Following the good fortune of the 1st (1995) version, this absolutely up to date record will offer a world review of using automobile plastics and composites in passenger cars, with an research of markets and traits to the yr 2007. detailed awareness is given to car weight reduction.

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The time is fast approaching when a limited number of independent suppliers such as Lear and Magna are likely to win contracts to supply complete interiors for a model, with marked implications for the supply of plastic components. In this regard, an increasing number of plastic component producers which had direct relationships with vehicle manufacturers will have Tier 1 companies as their main customers. It is interesting that the three groups referred to above are all based in North America but have developed extensive businesses in Europe and elsewhere.

Examples are given of legislation and how this is likely to affect future developmerlts in the recycling industry. Chapter 8: Examples of the Use of Plastics for Specific Components and Systems This chapter provides an analysis of plastics usage in selected car components, including their use in new systems and applications. The increasing demands from car makers and legislators, and how these are being met by the use of new and improved materials and technologies, are discussed. Chapter 9: Markets Forecasts of car production and plastics demand, using 1998 as the base year and projecting to 2007.

It is interesting that the three groups referred to above are all based in North America but have developed extensive businesses in Europe and elsewhere. In Europe, the nearest competitor is Faurecia - the result of ECIA's friendly takeover of Bertrand Faure. However, the bias towards American control and ownership in Europe is a pronounced trend and has led to many takeovers of European plastic companies. Large European moulders, for example Peguo form, have become subsidiaries of American parents (Venture Group).

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