Bayer Polymers (www.bayerpolymers.com) has introduced a new heat-resistant thermoplastic for auto -body panels. Called Triax TP 3161, this PA/ABS has a heat distortion temperature of up to 392 F, so it can withstand e-coat process without a conductive primer. The material has also been designed to offer a higher stiffness and lower CLTE than earlier body panel thermoplastics. Triax 3161 targets fender applications, though it could also see use in rear side panels.
Fifty-six-year-old Pasquale Russo has been doing metalwork for more than 30 years in a tiny southern Italy village. Many craftsmen like him brought with them fabrication skills when they came from the Old World to America.
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