Vision & Technology Roadmap

VIDEO: "Plastics in Automotive Markets Technology Roadmap - A New Vision for the Road Ahead" provides guidance to the automotive and plastics industries and their stakeholders as they pursue the research and development that is needed to create innovative materials and design approaches that meet automotive performance criteria. By establishing a dialog among senior technical and business leaders, the roadmap will help to align the technical and business capabilities of the plastics industry with the needs and expectations of automotive producers and consumers.

The document is based in large part on a workshop held in May 2000 in Dearborn, Michigan, which was attended by representatives of plastic producers, OEMs (original equipment manufacturers), tier suppliers, academia, and government. The workshop was a collaborative effort with the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Transportation Technologies. During this workshop participants identified many of the critical technology developments needed to expand markets for automotive plastics. This document also draws on additional input from experts throughout the automotive value chain, on current publications and trade journals related to automotive plastics, and on technology roadmaps published in related areas of the chemical and automotive industries.

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