Detroit--By the year 2002 plastic-industry experts predict the amount of plastics used in an average automobile will reach 263 lbs. That's up nearly 30 lbs from today.
Helping to make that prediction a reality, the American Plastics Council (APC) announced at this year's SAE International Congress and Exposition that it will open an Automotive Center this spring in Troy, MI. The goal: to provide automotive OEMs, suppliers, and systems integrators with a focal point for automotive plastics applications and concepts.
"This will be an automotive resource center in the truest sense of the word," says Ron Yocum, the APC's president and CEO. "A first of its kind for the plastics industry, the center will primarily serve OEM engineers and designers. It will be a place of learning and training; of recognizing excellence, accomplishments, and innovation; of brainstorming and planning. It also will be a clearing house of ideas, designs, and applications. And it will showcase the environmental programs of APC and its membership."
Currently under renovation, the 6,200-sq-ft facility will have its official opening on June 1, 1998. The center's flexible design will allow one suite to serve as an application showcase, classroom, theater, and conference room. Another suite will feature an advanced computer and video center where engineers and students can conduct virtual imaging design. It also will house APC offices, a conference room, and a library or resource room where engineers can browse the latest reports, publications, and videos on automotive plastics.
Check out the center's many features, as well as a new APC ad campaign aimed at engineers, by visiting APC's website at www.plastics-car.com or phone the toll-free automotive information line at (888) 610-6880.