PARIS – Plastics applications are falling behind aluminum usage in new European cars. Reinforced plastic composites, which for 25 years have been used on European body panels, now are facing a recycling challenge that may limit overall growth. Jaguar’s all-aluminum XJ flagship. "Counting all cars produced in Europe, plastic parts averaged 133 kg (293 lbs.) in 2003 and aluminum 110 kg (243 lbs.)," says Michel Costes, CEO of consultant group Mavel SA, which tears down cars for ...

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