Improved engine efficiency and low weight are essential elements in reducing fuel consumption and environmental emissions in cars and trucks.
Replacing steel body panels with fibreglass composite panels can realise exceptional weight savings of over 40%.
Composite panels are also more resilient to minor impacts. In headlamp shells, the use of GRP (Glassfibre Reinforced Plastics) allows for greater design freedom, while in the commercial vehicle sector, corrosion resistance and lower tooling costs are also key drivers.
In semi-structural parts, numerous functions can be integrated into a single component, saving time and sub-assembly costs. Under the bonnet applications for reinforced plastics and composites are also growing including engine components like valve covers, engine under covers, running gear, filters, fuel delivery and exhaust systems.