The state of the automotive plastics industry is mixed. Once seemingly an unstoppable juggernaut in the world of automotive materials, plastics suppliers are dealing with rising raw-materials costs, the possible elimination of high-profile components and renewed competition posed by lighter and stronger grades of steel and aluminum. Even though Saturn is known for its plastic body panels, its new Relay minivan has steel sides. However, plastics likely will continue to benefit as ...
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