Polypropylene in automotive applications
Global light vehicle production, including cars and light commercial vehicles (LCVs), has grown at an average annual rate of 3% since 1994 to reach 51 million units in 1996. Further growth to 60 million units by 2001 is forecast, with the main contribution coming from emerging markets, although a negative impact of the Asia crisis may be anticipated. Consolidation is expected for the established markets in Western Europe, North America and Japan, reflecting the saturated state of these markets. Car production in Western Europe could still grow slightly from the current 13 million to 14 million in 2005, with LCVs remaining constant at 1.4 million annual units. Growth will come from the increasingly popular niche cars, e.g. multipurpose vehicles and small city cars, assuming no major changes in GDP development.
Keywordsautomotive automotive application car components automotive requirements substitution of metals and polymers interior parts exterior parts electrical applications filled PP elastomer-modified PP thermoplastic polyolefins (TPO) GMT-PP long-fiber reinforced PP composites market trends glass fiber (GF) reinforcement
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