Plastics Under the Hood

Weber, Austin
April 2009
Assembly;Apr2009, Vol. 52 Issue 4, p34
The article focuses on the use of plastics to replace metal parts in the vehicle's engine compartment. Automobile makers and suppliers are developing vehicle plastic parts, such as air-intake manifolds, valve covers, engine covers and others to reduce the overall weight of the vehicle and improve fuel efficiency. An increase in the use of plastics is expected as manufacturers, such as General Motors and Ford Motor Co., are racing to build small, fuel-efficient engines.


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