New Delhi, May 27 (KNN) Plastic is being increasingly used in the auto industry to make products strong, efficient and at the same time competitive.
“Plastic is no more an option. It is in fact, the material of choice for the vibrant automotive sector. While plastic is 3 times lighter than aluminium and 7 times lighter than sheet metal, it meets regulatory requirements, functional requirements, environmental requirements, all in one go,” said Chairman and Managing Director, Precision Pipes and Profiles Co Ltd, Ajay Jain.
Talking about the significance of growing use of plastics in automotive industry, “Bumper, dashboard, fenders and body trims are already well established with plastics. Intake manifolds, cylinder cover heads, air ducts, oil panes and reinforced tires are areas where plastic is also replacing the traditional sheet metal and aluminium parts,” he said.
Jain also said that replacement of metal with plastics to make fuel tank and battery boxes reduces the weight of the components by 40 per cent and 70 per cent, respectively making the vehicle more fuel-efficient. “The fuel economy resulting from replacement of metals with plastics has therefore, been a key consideration for the switchover to plastic auto components,” he said.
To provide a further boost to the use of plastics in automotive industry, Plastindia Foundation is holding the ninth edition of Plastindia 2015 from February 5-10, 2015 here.
The mega show is being supported by the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers and will be one of the third largest shows in the plastics industry globally, with strong international participation.
On the importance of plastics, Chairman National Executive Council, Plastindia Foundation, JR Shah said, “Meeting the agenda of sustainability in automobiles is best possible by use of plastics. Light-weighting continues to be the buzz-word for this industry…It helps in improving the sustainability by reducing overall weight.”
“A well proven fact is that a 10 per cent reduction in weight of the total vehicle, improves the fuel economy by 5 to 7 per cent. In addition, every kg of vehicle weight reduction has the potential to reduce CO2 emissions by 20 kg. Reducing weight of cars is the key to using less energy and minimizing wear and emission,” he said.
Promotion, development and growth of the Indian plastics industry is the main objective of Plastindia Foundation which has initiated steps to be the driving force for the MSME’s by facilitation, counselling and advising them on the processes and steps to avail of the Technology Upgradation Fund offered by the Government of India.
Plastindia 2015 will emphasize India’s position as the world’s sourcing hub for plastics finished products, Shah said.
The six-day mega event, Plastindia 2015 will bring under one roof major global and Indian Plastics Industry innovators. The exhibition and conference will reveal the cutting edge technological developments, equipment and products.
Today, India is the 7th largest producer of automobiles in the world and with more and more overseas auto majors preferring to set up manufacturing in the country, India has emerged as hub for autos and ancillaries.