Did you know that cars contain around 1,000 plastic parts? This reduces their kerb weight and makes them more efficient.
Polyolefins and polyols
are present in parts of the interior, the exterior and under the bonnet. Polyols are used to manufacture flexible and rigid foams.
The flexible foams give the seats and head restraints their shape to make them more comfortable and ergonomic, reducing the stress and fatigue associated with driving. Rigid, impact-absorbing foams provide increased safety.
Other plastic parts made of polypropylene
, for example, are the door panels; polyethylene
is found in the fuel tank; EVA copolymers
in the adhesives and industrial propylene glycol
in the antifreeze that can prevent freezing or boiling. It is also, a very important capability in the de-icing of aircraft wings and car windshields.