6 Innovative Plastics For Cars, Lighting & Building

Ann R. Thryft

March 5, 2015

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6 Innovative Plastics For Cars, Lighting & Building

The grab bag of plastic and rubber materials featured in this new product slideshow includes polyamides, polycarbonates, fiber-reinforced thermoplastic compounds, fiber-reinforced polypropylene compounds, gasketing resins, silicone encapsulants, and a polyimide aerogel.

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Several of these new products are aimed at lighting applications or automotive uses. The rest are for a wide variety of industries, including aerospace, oil & gas, RF and radar, automotive, and building materials. Some are structural materials, such as for interior car parts and gear wheels, while others are encapsulants or insulators.


Ann R. Thryft is senior technical editor, materials & assembly, for Design News. She's been writing about manufacturing- and electronics-related technologies for 25 years, covering manufacturing materials & processes, alternative energy, machine vision, and all kinds of communications.

About the Author(s)

Ann R. Thryft

Ann R. Thryft has written about manufacturing- and electronics-related technologies for Design News, EE Times, Test & Measurement World, EDN, RTC Magazine, COTS Journal, Nikkei Electronics Asia, Computer Design, and Electronic Buyers' News (EBN). She's introduced readers to several emerging trends: industrial cybersecurity for operational technology, industrial-strength metals 3D printing, RFID, software-defined radio, early mobile phone architectures, open network server and switch/router architectures, and set-top box system design. At EBN Ann won two independently judged Editorial Excellence awards for Best Technology Feature. She holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Stanford University and a Certified Business Communicator certificate from the Business Marketing Association (formerly B/PAA).

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