NEW YORK -- Plastics use in vehicles is growing at a slow pace, says Larry Denton, president of Dow Automotive. Vehicles in 2001 contained an average of 240 lbs. (109 kg) of plastics, a growth of 5% over the previous year. That rate should continue for the next few years, he predicts, a big slowdown from the 14% annual rate compounded over the previous five years. But Denton says Dow has strong prospects to grow its plastics business with the auto industry. Dow on average has close to ...

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