Calling it “a major technological breakthrough,” General Motors Corp. and plastic producer Montell North America jointly announced a new family of reinforced plastics which they say are 30% lighter and substantially stronger than conventional compounds. Instead of talc, mica or other traditional filler materials, this new family of thermoplastic olefins (TPOs) uses “nanocomposites” to improve the engineering characteristics of the base plastic resin. Because nanocomposite particles are far ...

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