24 May 2013 03:35 [Source: ICIS news]
SAO PAULO (ICIS)--The high-performance plastics industry should benefit from the Brazilian automobile industry’s need to make cars lighter amid calls for greater fuel economy and lesser emissions, a general manager with LANXESS said on Thursday.
For example, most of the cars made in Brazil have front ends made with a great deal of steel, but companies such as LANXESS have years of experience making the same parts with strong plastics that lighten car weights, said Andreas Scheurell, general manager of high-performance materials in Latin America.
Scheurell made his comments on the sidelines of the 2013 Feiplastic convention.
Lighter car weights mean less fuel usage and less emissions, he said.
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“Every customer is coming to us and asking, ‘How can we do this?’” Scheurell said.
Feiplastic continues through Friday.
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