Ford Motor Co. is expected to nearly double the number of sheet molding composite (SMC) parts it uses on cars and trucks since 1993, says the SMC Automotive Alliance (SMCAA). "The number of SMC components on Ford passenger cars grew from 22 to 43 during the past three years," says Eldon (Al) Trueman, SMCAA chairman and vice president of worldwide commercial development at Budd Plastics Div. "If car sales hit close to projected targets, Ford's use of SMC on cars will climb from 18 million lbs. (8.2 million kg) used in 1993 to 38 million lbs. (1 7.3 million kg), a 211% increase." Ford's use of SMC on light trucks is projected to increase 204% over the same period, Mr. Trueman says.