The development of automotive engineering thermoplastics will go into overdrive as fuel-efficiency regulations add to pressures for vehicle lightweighting. In another regulation-driven movement, many automakers are looking for sustainable alternatives to traditional plastics. Tomorrow’s engineering polymers will need to be stronger, lighter, and more heat-resistant.
The economy is growing at a steady if not spectacular pace, supported by a solid manufacturing sector. But the economist of a business trade group says Washington policies are creating an unamenable business climate for small firms. This week, we might see federal policymakers providing some temporary help.