In light of the current petrol, oil, gas and delivery crisis that’s causing significant bottlenecks in the supply of energy resources to the producers, public and economy, the evolution of plastics reduces it’s impact further.
Plastics have a number of inherent properties which make them an ideal material for modern transport systems. They are lightweight, corrosion free and easily moulded into complex shapes without the need for assembly or fastening systems.
Here’s how plastics contribute to sustainable transportation…
💠 Automotive – today, cars contain around 11% plastic. This helps to reduce the weight of the vehicle and consequently the emissions produced. Using 100 kg of plastics in a car can replace between 200 – 300 kg of traditional materials – every 100kg of plastics will reduce fuel consumption of the vehicle by 750 litres!
💠 Aerospace – Some 22% of the Airbus A380 (the world’s largest commercial aircraft) is built from carbon reinforced plastics. This helps to reduce the fuel burn to a rate comparable to that of economical family car. The fuselage of the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner is made from three plastic composite sections. This serves to reduce fuel burn by as much as 20%!
💠 Rail – The use of plastic composite panels in Swiss trains has led to a 25% reduction in weight and consequently significant energy savings.
Let’s not forget the important role plastic plays in improving our transport systems.
Dip Moulding is a simple and frequently employed process used worldwide. It works by creating a ‘to-scale’ mould of the product before it is heated and dipped in a liquid PVC or Acrylic, known as plastisol. With this type of process, the speed of entry and dip time determines the shape and thickness of the final product.
PolyBlend Managing Director, Mark Stewart announces his official retirement date as Friday March 31st 2023.
Let me wish all of you – our customers, our suppliers, our staff and my network – a very Merry Christmas!