General Electric Plastics has a new thermoplastic that it says could save automakers millions of dollars by eliminating the need to paint vehicles. Codenamed W4, the thermoplastic is a film or “cap layer” applied to the outer surface of plastic parts, including car body exteriors, RV panels and truck tonneau covers. By 2002, GE says it will develop several injection-molded varieties of W4 that will allow the color to be directly formed into the plastic part. Car hoods, typically ...

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