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PolyOne outlines innovative metal replacement approaches for automotive

News International-French

3 Jul 2012

PolyOne Corporation , a premier global provider of specialized polymer materials, services and solutions, will present at two leading European automotive conferences to share its multi-faceted approach to metal replacement in critical automotive applications.

Marc Mezailles, automotive market manager, Engineered Materials Europe, will present tomorrow at the SFIP (France’s Society of Plastics Engineers) automotive plastics conference in Douai, France (June 13-14), and will also speak in October at the Plastics in Lightweight Vehicles conference (Oct.11-12, Cologne, Germany) organized by trade magazine European Plastics News.


To help automotive OEMs achieve CO2 emissions targets, manufacturers look for ways to remove weight from the vehicle, primarily by replacing metallic parts with those made from thermoplastics. While complex to do, a systematic approach to metal replacement can help OEMs and tier suppliers ease the transition and reduce overall cost in the process.


During his presentation tomorrow, Mezailles will cover metal replacement of semi-structural parts via long-fiber reinforced polymers, the use of thermally conductive plastics to replace metal in heat dissipative applications, and alternatives to metals for interior applications where perceived quality is critical. 


In addition, he will discuss how the electrification of cars opens another potential area for metal replacement, with thermoplastic solutions providing electrical conductivity and shielding effects for applications in automotive power electronics, connectors and in-car entertainment systems.


PolyOne’s portfolio of specialty polymers for high-end metal replacement applications includes:

  • Stat-Tech™ formulations for auto electronics, connectors, infotainment
  • OnForce™ LFT for structural parts and high heat applications
  • Therma-Tech™ formulations for heat dissipative/conductive components
  • Gravi-Tech™ formulations for aesthetic parts, perceived quality


These polymer solutions are supported by PolyOne’s design advice, simulation support, customized formulations and prototyping.


“PolyOne is in excellent position to support automotive OEMs as they transition from metal to thermoplastic solutions,” said Holger Kronimus, PolyOne’s general manager for Engineered Materials Europe. “We welcome the opportunity to help industry engineers leverage cutting-edge metal replacement technology at two of the leading automotive plastics events in Europe this year.”  



Marc Mezailles holds a Masters degree in mechanical engineering from INSA (Institut National des Sciences Appliquées) de Lyon and an executive business degree from EM Lyon Business School, and has worked with automotive thermoplastics since 1998 at Rhodia, GE Plastics and Sabic before joining PolyOne in 2011.  



About PolyOne

PolyOne Corporation, with 2011 revenues of $2.9 billion, is a premier provider of specialized polymer materials, services and solutions. Headquartered outside Cleveland, Ohio USA, PolyOne has operations around the world. Consistent with the company’s strategy of specialty growth and global expansion, in December of 2011 PolyOne acquired ColorMatrix Group, Inc., a highly specialized company with a premier suite of additive technologies and a leading market position in liquid colorants.



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