7 Ways The Automotive Industry Uses Plastics

At Clark Rubber and Plastics, we believe world-class automotive plastics help companies like yours have top-quality auto parts. Dependable auto parts can affect a car’s efficiency, while reliably built plastics can impact its performance. Our team has the tools to meet your needs and help you compete in your industry. With our skills and expertise, you can enhance the safety and performance of each car.

Here are seven ways the auto industry uses plastics to improve how they operate:

1) Plastics Have Lightweight Elements That Help Lead To Better Fuel Efficiency And Performance

Cars today contain 50% plastic by volume and are only 10% of a car’s total weight. Plastics can make a difference when you include them as part of a car. They have lightweight elements that help boost a car’s fuel efficiency. Lighter cars can also speed up faster when you press the pedal to the floor.

Electric cars with plastic material can provide you with a higher per-charge range. These elements allow you to avoid having to replace your battery with one of a bigger size. 

With lightweight plastics, you’ll be on track towards building up the performance of each car you build.

2) Plastics Help Bring You Lower Car Assembly Costs

Many materials companies use to build cars can be costly. Automotive plastics can be an effective way to help you lower costs.

Single-mold parts lead to faster assembly times and allow you to add new innovative designs to each car. Plastics are also cheaper to make and fit than other materials, such as metal. When cars are more affordable to build, car companies can then pass those savings on to buyers.

For dents and scratches, plastic car door cladding and bumpers are easier to fix or replace than metals. By using plastics to assemble a car, the builder and buyer will gain more cost savings. You’ll also help your business be unique in the process.

3) Plastics Provide You And Your End Users With Greater Safety

Car safety features like seatbelts and airbags come from solid polyester substances. When a car accident occurs, these features and outer plastic parts like bumpers and car door cladding can handle impacts better than metal. These durable materials will help lead to safer outcomes for drivers and their cars.

Plastic fuel tanks also have some of the best safety features. Since car builders can make them as solo parts that don’t contain fused seams, no seams will fail during collisions.

Automotive plastics help strengthen the safety of each car when compared to metals. They also help drivers and guests feel more safe while on the road.

4) Plastics Can Withstand Harsh Weather And Glass Damage

Harsh weather conditions can have an impact on a car over time. You can reduce corrosion by adding a synthetic plastic coating to a car’s metal surface. 

Here are three types of weather events in which coatings can protect a car:

  • Excess heat
  • Exposure to water
  • Salt damage

Glass windshields with plastic film coats can also help improve their weather resistance and reduce wear and tear. They can even reduce the likelihood of chips forming on a windshield or glass shatterings. Coating or making your parts under the hood with plastics can provide resistance to abrasion and help vehicles be flexible.

As you add automotive plastics to your process, your cars will gain a longer lifespan.

5) Plastics Are More Eco-Friendly

Plastics usually are viewed as wasteful by those passionate about the environment. When it comes to car assembly, the reverse is true. Many auto companies use recycled plastics to build parts such as bumpers, seat cushions, splash guards, and wheel liners.

These products provide them with methods to merge parts from old cars to new ones and achieve eco-friendliness. Automotive plastics will also keep end-of-life cars from ending up in a landfill.

6) Plastics Help Bring Drivers And Their Guest The Best Comfort

Plastics made for cars can provide drivers and guests with a more comfortable commute. These materials are made for noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) parts that help reduce a car’s sound and vibration while on the road. They also filter out harmful sun rays that prevent heating up too much during the summer.

As for drivers, the plastics will help them have a firmer grip on the wheel. Your end users will have the best driving experience possible with this material comprising important parts of their vehicle.

7) Plastics Have Good Thermal Insulation

During the car building process, car makers find spots where the engine heat impedes other areas of a car. Those hot spots can even get into a car’s interior. Eco-Fi felt material helps builders cover up those spots. Felt comes from recycled plastic bottles and provides each car with more than enough thermal insulation. With these reusable products, builders can cool down those hot spots and help protect drivers and their guests.

Choose An Automotive Plastics Provider That You Can Count On

Our tech tools allow us to build a range of automotive plastics that perform at a high level. At Clark Rubber and Plastics, we have a track record of providing businesses with short lead times and fast turnarounds.  Our team is certified to provide you with the parts you need.

Contact us today to learn how our plastic extrusion services can help reshape your business.