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Applications of plastics in the automotive industry: Current trends and future perspectives

Exploring the integration of plastic innovation in automotive design, highlighting key components that combine functionality with aesthetic appeal.Plastics have transformed the automotive industry, contributing substantially to automobile design, weight reduction, fuel efficiency, safety, and sustainability. This review paper examines the applications of plastics in the automotive sector, evaluates the present trends, and describes the future plastic consumption possibilities, emphasizing emerging technology and sustainable practices. The paper delineates how plastics have become an essential component of automotive innovation and illustrates the possibilities for additional breakthroughs in this dynamic industry.HighlightsAdvances in plastics, bioplastics, and smart materials in the auto industry.Plastic role in design, safety, and sustainability in the auto industry.Recycling and the circular economy of plastics in the auto industry.Collaboration of stakeholders to drive change in the auto industry.

Publication date: 16/12/2023

Polymer Engineering and Science


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 870292.