the usage of advanced, high performance composites used in making vehicles
lighter, safer and more fuel-efficient in synch with the existing global
standards, the Auto Components Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA) organised
a National Conference on Polymer Composites & New Age Materials. This was
stated in a press release from ACMA.
inaugural address Ambuj Sharma, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Heavy
Industries and Public Enterprises said, “Polymer Composites today have found ways
to move beyond, what may be termed as ‘traditional applications’, in the
automotive industry. Such materials are not only finding usage in the
conventional interiors and exteriors of the vehicle but are also being
considered ideal for a range of specialty applications. However, he added, there is an immediate need for the industry to seize
business opportunities both in the domestic market and those available overseas.
Further, the industry must proactively scale-up operations, invest in
R&D and further up-grade technology matching the existing global
the participants, Ms Shradha Suri Marwah, Chairperson, Raw Materials Committee,
ACMA & Managing Director, Subros said, “Plastics, elastomer materials and
polymer fibres have made their way into the Indian automotive sector by playing
an important role in enhancing the vehicle performance. ACMA continuously
endeavours to educate members on new developments in material applications. The
conference on polymer composites is a step further in this direction.”
by speakers deliberated on application of polymer composites vis-à-vis metals
with process relevance that have scope for weight reduction by as much as 20-25
kg/vehicle. These high performance polymer grades offer various advantages like
reduction in CO2 emission, elimination of paints on the material,
high impact strength, good flow ability, chemical resistance and high heat
tolerances. A number of products like front end modules, bumper beams, foot
rests, battery trays, gear shifter adapters, bus seat assemblies and panel
replacements in LCVs were finding increasing usage of polymer composites, short
and long fibres and injection moulded applications.
conference focused on new age materials like Poly-olefins, special
polypropylene composites, long fibre composites, thermoplastic composites and
engineering plastics. Speakers represented some of the key material supplying
companies like DSM, DuPont, Essem Polyalloys, Indian Oil Corporation, SABIC,
Styrolution ABS and TIPCO.
composite industry is pegged at Rs 15,000 crore and is expected to grow at 15pc
per annum over the next four years. Given its array of applications polymers composites
are increasingly being explored for newer applications to make vehicles lighter
and fuel efficient.
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