Thermoset Molding for Automotive Applications – Lightweighting

As an ISO/TS 16949:2009 & ISO 9001:2008 certified custom thermoset molder; Woodland Plastics offers extensive thermoset molding services & expertise to OEMs and suppliers in the automotive industry. With excellent Performance & Durability characteristics, Lightweighting options, & Low Manufacturing Costs; components molded from thermoset materials such as Phenolics & Bulk Molding Compounds (BMCs) are widely used in a variety of performance and aesthetic-based automotive applications.

Lightweighting Advantages

Transmission retaining plugOne of the biggest advantages of implementing thermosets into an automotive application is doing more with less. With a high strength-to-weight ratio, thermosets offer a lightweight, low cost option over metal counterparts with much better dimensional & chemical stability compared to most engineered thermoplastics.
As automakers and other industries continue lightweighting efforts for both cost savings and compliance requirements, thermoset composites have become a staple for metal-to-plastic (or metal-to-thermoset) conversions for automotive OEMs & suppliers looking to reduce weight and mass of a component assembly without sacrificing performance. Incorporating thermosets into a product design also offers the ability to consolidate multiple parts of an assembly, further reducing the weight and costs of the product.

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