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Participants Will Focus on Safety, Fuel Efficiency and Design during Special Session  

DETROIT (April 22, 2013) - Plastics makers today invited OEMs, automotive engineers and designers, and materials specifiers to a special working session of the Society of Plastics Engineers' 8th-Annual SPE® Automotive Engineering Plastics Conference ( AutoEPCON ) co-organized by the Automotive Division and Detroit Section of the Society of Plastics Engineers. During the session, Roadmap for 2030: Envisioning Plastics in Automotive Applications , participants will help update the industry's strategy for using plastics to help enhance fuel efficiency, performance and design in the auto industry. 

The SPE AutoEPCON is a one-day technical conference on automotive innovations and business trends. The Roadmap for 2030 session will be held Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 2:00 p.m., at the MSU Management Education Center, Troy, Mich.

"We look forward to partnering with OEMs and tier suppliers to advance automotive safety, performance and sustainability," said Steve Russell , vice president of plastics for the American Chemistry Council. "We're excited to schedule the session during SPE's AutoEPCON conference. It underscores ACC's and SPE's shared goals for automotive, giving us the opportunity to seek the widest possible input, and to gather feedback to meet the needs of automotive OEM and Tier partners."

This working session will help answer important questions, such as: What trends will encourage or constrain the increased use of plastics in making high-performance, energy-efficient and sustainable automobiles? What advances in plastics materials and manufacturing are necessary to ensure plastics meet the needs of OEMs, making plastics a material and partner of choice?

Today, in light of significant market, regulatory, and technology developments, including the new U.S. Corporate Average Fuel Economy standard of 54.5 MPG by 2025, it is more important than ever to update the Roadmap. This next edition, due to be released in 2014, will help guide how plastics manufactures, OEMs and federal agencies will shape important next steps.

In 2001, the Plastics Division of the American Chemistry Council published the first version of Plastics in Automotive Markets: Vision and Technology Roadmap , which presented a vision and strategic goals for the use of plastics in automobiles that spans multiple decades. It was updated in 2009. Since its inception, this collaborative, industry-driven roadmap has guided numerous groundbreaking R&D initiatives with agencies and organizations such as the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the U.S. Council for Automotive Research. These important agencies have helped develop the roadmap in the past and their input is being sought again.

Learn more about how plastics help to enhance fuel efficiency, performance and design in the auto industry .


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