Automotive demand for nylon on the rise in Brazil, South America

21 May 2013 22:15  [Source: ICIS news]

SAO PAULO (ICIS)--Demand in Brazil and South America for engineered plastics in automobiles is on the rise, an executive from Solvay Group’s Rhodia division said on Tuesday.

“Brazilian cars are small-sized cars, but they are growing in content. They are increasing in sophistication,” said Marcos Curti, director of engineering plastics for the Americas.

Curti made his comments on the sidelines of the Feiplastic 2013 convention.

Some 3.4m-3.5m automobiles are expected to be sold in Brazil in 2013, he said, and car sales are expected to increase 3-4%/year in South America over the next few years.

At the same time, replacement of metal components in those cars is increasing at 5-6%/year, Curti said.

Nylon such as that which is engineered by Rhodia is part of the metal replacement solution, he said.

“We have been improving technology the last few years to provide polymer solutions to replace critical parts,” Curti said. “It takes time because we need to convince the industry that this material is a real solution, but it’s going to happen.”

By: Jeremy Pafford
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