20 April 2012 03:41 [Source: ICIS news]
“We would be concerned with any slowdown, but I think the
“So I think it’s quite a mixed picture,” he said on the sidelines of the four-day Chinaplas exhibition in
BASF supplies compounds made of polyamide (nylon) and polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) engineering plastic resin to the China market, and its key customers in China’s automotive sector include Shanghai Volkswagen, Shanghai General Motors and Hyundai, he said.
Automotive components made from engineering plastics such as polyamide-PBT compounds are lighter than those made from steel or aluminum, hence vehicles made with such plastic components are more fuel efficient, he said.
The usage of engineering plastics in automotive applications is still low in
“There’s a constant requirement of working very very closely with customers, to help them understand the benefits and the methodology of changing from more traditional steel or aluminium parts to plastic parts,” said Postlethwaite.
"That’s a challenge but that’s a positive challenge,” he added.
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