In order to provide both weight savings and achieve unique designs, OEMs are focusing on new technologies, such as polycarbonate (PC) glazing. To acquaint designers and engineers with the latest in glazing trends and successes in key global auto markets, SABIC Innovative Plastics is sponsoring “Plastics in Automotive Glazing,” a conference presented by European Plastics News and Plastics News. The conference, taking place in Livonia and Wixom, Mich. on Nov. 12-13, features design legend Charles “Chuck” W. Pelly as keynote speaker, as well as a site visit to Exatec, LLC, SABIC Innovative Plastics’ global glazing technology development center. Through its Exatec glazing organization, SABIC Innovative Plastics offers automotive customers the broadest portfolio of glazing solutions available, supported by world-class technological expertise.
The conference, which has been very successful in Europe over the past several years, is making its North American debut here. Highlights include opening remarks by Bob Grace, editor of Plastics News; Pelly’s talk on emerging design trends, and presentations by industry experts on glazing regulations, plastic materials, coatings, molding and processing.
According to John Madej, president, Exatec, SABIC Innovative Plastics, “The combined resources of SABIC Innovative Plastics and Exatec offer designers the broadest tool kit of materials, coatings and technologies to create lightweight, stunning glazing components. We are delighted to sponsor this industry conference to showcase to our customers the many opportunities for innovative glazing using our polycarbonate materials.”
Exatec Advanced Technology Development Center Open House
As part of the technical content in the program at “Plastics in Automotive Glazing,” Exatec will give attendees a guided tour of its expanded glazing application development facility at its headquarters in nearby Wixom, Mich. Highlights will include new Exatec* E900 Grafx technology, which uses film insert molding technology for the first time in Lexan* PC automotive glazing applications. The Exatec E900 Grafx system is ideal for advanced visual effects and functional integration such as for logos and enhanced brand differentiation.
The open house will showcase Exatec’s suppliers and their latest technologies, including Momentive Performance Materials and the Exatec* SHX wet coat for polycarbonate; Engel and its injection molding equipment; FKK and their conductive paste for PC defroster applications; INglass and its technology for the production of large polycarbonate windows; and Summerer and its injection molding processing technologies.
In 2008, Exatec significantly expanded its Wixom facility, adding new capabilities including an upgraded wet coating lab, a new two-shot capable large injection molding machine, and a unique, full-scale plasma system for continuously coating polycarbonate windows.
For additional information on SABIC Innovative Plastics’ Exatec glazing systems, please go to www.sabic-ip.com.
About SABIC Innovative Plastics
SABIC Innovative Plastics is a leading, global supplier of engineering thermoplastics with a 75-year history of breakthrough solutions that solve its customers’ most pressing challenges. Today, SABIC Innovative Plastics is a multi-billion-dollar company with operations in more than 25 countries and over 10,500 employees worldwide. The company continues to lead the plastics industry with customer collaboration and continued investments in new polymer technologies, global application development, process technologies, and environmentally responsible solutions that serve diverse markets such as automotive, electronics, building & construction, transportation, and healthcare. The company’s extensive product portfolio includes thermoplastic resins, coatings, specialty compounds, film, and sheet. SABIC Innovative Plastics (www.sabic-ip.com) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC), one of the world’s top five petrochemicals manufacturers.
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* Trademarks of SABIC Innovative Plastics IP BV. Exatec E900 Grafx is a trademark of Exatec, LLC.