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Thermoplastics - Achievements in the application of plastic components in the automotive industry in 2019

Injection molded parts, Trends, Plastic foams
Thermoplastics - Achievements in the application of plastic components in the automotive industry in 2019

Similarly to previous years, the automotive industry’s efforts in 2019 were focused on reducing the weight of car parts for the purpose of improving their energy efficiency (it is predicted that this trend will persist in the coming years). This means lower fuel consumption by combustion engines and greater range for electrical vehicles. This goal can be achieved by applying lighter materials, such as thermoplastics, and particularly expanded polypropylene (EPP), whose applications are increasing with every passing year.

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Car safety systems - why plastics are a fundamental part of enhanced car safety

Trends, Plastic foams, Safety
Car safety systems - why plastics are a fundamental part of enhanced car safety

The widespread application of plastics in the automotive industry does not just enable manufacturing of lighter and more energy-saving vehicles, it also makes them safer. As manufacturers fine-tune designs and introduce new materials, prejudices like “the stiffer, the safer” are eliminated. In this sense, the role of thermoplastics like expanded polypropylene (EPP) and expanded polystyrene (EPS) is critical.

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From metal to plastic bumpers: in search of the balance between aesthetics and safety

Process automation, Automotive industry, Safety, History
From metal to plastic bumpers: in search of the balance between aesthetics and safety

When Carl Benz patented his Benz Patent-Motorwagen, the first motor vehicle in history, in 1885, he didn’t think to install bumpers. In his car design, which was essentially a tri-wheeler with large wheels, equipped with a combustion engine, the German motorization pioneer did not foresee the need to install parts and components that would have a decided impact on the evolution of car design and safety, despite the awareness that a collision with another vehicle might take place.

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A real leader is one who makes leaders instead of followers

Quality, Work at Knauf, Team, Management in industry, Award
A real leader is one who makes leaders instead of followers

Currently, in the field of human resources management, much is being said of the soft approach, which was perfectly described by Steve Jobs: ”it doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and then tell them what to do; we hire smart people so they can tell us what to do”. We speak to Alicja Zmorzyńska, Sales Director at Knauf Industries and winner of the Knauf Leadership Award 2019, about the humanistic aspects of business.

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Pay-per-minute car rental – how will it change the automotive industry?

Future, Process automation, Trends, Innovation
Pay-per-minute car rental – how will it change the automotive industry?

The concept of car sharing is often listed among the megatrends that will change automotive in the coming years, i.e. electromobility, Internet connectivity of cars, and autonomy. These trends are precipitating changes in how we will design and manufacture cars, even within the next 10 years.

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