Chapter headings and selected sections:
The Changing Structure of the Automotive Components Industry.
Plastics and Reinforcements Used in Automobile Construction.Plastics Processing Methods.
Thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs).
Styrene block copolymers (TPE-S).
(Thermoset) polyurethanes (PUR).
Powder slush moulding.
Injection compression moulding.
Reinforced reaction injection moulding (RRIM).
Plastic painting processes.
Competition Between Plastics and Other Materials. Environmental and Safety Requirements, Customer Demand.
Prospects for aluminium.
Cost comparisons between steel, aluminium and plastic composite structures.
Car exterior impacts.
Fuel consumption and weight reduction, fuel quality and exhaust xases.
Recycling and Disposal.Examples of the Use of Plastics for Specific Components and Systems.
Four stages in recycling policy.
Issues in plastics recycling.
Limited recycling of thermosets.
Electrical and electronic control systems.
Instrument panels and cockpit components.
Markets.Profiles of Major Car Producers.
Global car production to 2007.
Automotive industry trends.
Profiles of the Major Suppliers of Plastic Components to the Car Industry.Directory of Major Car Makers.Directory of Representative Plastic Components Suppliers.