25 September 2009
25 September 2009
This week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Advanced Vehicle Technology Act of 2009, which favours the increase of energy efficiency through the use of plastic and composite materials in vehicle design.
American Chemistry Council President and CEO, Cal Dooley, welcomed this decision. ""The American Chemistry Council (ACC) praises the U.S. House of Representatives for passing H.R. 3246, the Advanced Vehicle Technology Act of 2009. This important legislation will create a comprehensive research and development program to spur innovation in the design of fuel efficient vehicles and components,” said Dooley.
""Consumers are continuing to seek new ways to reduce their energy consumption, in particular, through more energy efficient vehicles. ACC member companies are working with their automotive manufacturing partners to create innovative vehicle components that reduce weight, lower emissions and increase fuel efficiency without compromising passenger safety,” Dooley concluded.
SABIC is launching its STADECK heavy-duty panel for the building and construction industry. Made from glass fibre reinforced thermoplastic resin, the lightweight panel is said to offer significant advantages across a range of applications where weight saving is important.
Project 12 has collaborated with Total Composite Solutions (TCS), the UK partner of Microtex, on automotive OEM projects for bespoke carbon parts.
Premium Aerotec, Faurecia Clean Mobility and Solvay have launched the research group IRG CosiMo: Composites for Sustainable Mobility, which will focus on the development of materials and process technologies to enable the high volume production of thermoplastic composites for the aerospace and automotive markets.