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Plastics and technology at the heart of electromobility

October 11, 2023 Sylvia Ortiz Ruiz
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This material is one of the most preferred materials by the automotive industry in Mexico because it is four times lighter than steel and twice as light as aluminum. It is expected that By 2030, 25% of a vehicle’s components will be made of plastic, while the technology sector is already filling its integration, Care for the environment and reduce the carbon footprint. Therefore, Plastimagen is a great value tool for suppliers who want to be “in the play”.

Mexico City (10/11/2023).- In this transition from internal combustion cars to electric cars, the supply chain registers changes in supply materials and services, two scenarios are realized; In one of them, existing suppliers will have to adapt and become more flexible in their operations to respond to the demand of the sector, which produces about 106 billion dollars (million dollars) of auto parts, of which 86 billion dollars is exported.

This is one of the changing trends in manufactured goods, for example, the use of plastics (polymers). Vehicle manufacturing, is increasingly common. Steel, traditionally used, is being displaced by others Materials for production Some pieces are gradually increasing in number, and in many cases, plastic is chosen as the most suitable material.

According to the General Director of the Nuevo León Automotive Cluster known as CLAUT, “Plastic is an important material for the car and T-MEC” (agreement between Mexico, the United States and Canada). According to the manager, “Billions of dollars worth of plastic components are still imported that now have to be manufactured in North America to increase the regional content rule.”

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Also, plastic is one of them materials Most Wanted in Mexico It is still an imported input and this should reduce logistics costs. Manuel Montoya, “Plastics are highly adaptable to the automotive industry; “It is four times lighter than steel and twice as light as aluminum”, which means it means lower energy consumption for the vehicle, reduces its use of gasoline and greatly contributes to the OEM’s indicators in maintaining the environment.

Plastic will undoubtedly increase its presence in the car; In electric, autonomous and shared models. To give us an idea of ​​how the use of this material in car parts and components is increasing, in 2020 15% of cars were plastic; 48% are internal components, 27% are external components, 14% are powertrain components, and 11% are cables and electrical components. This, in 1980, only 3% of a car was plastic; In 1990, this material represented 6.4 per car and by 2030 it is expected to represent 25% according to CLAUT statistics.

In another scenario, technology providers are joining and will continue to do so, as a senior executive at German giant ZF Group, with manufacturing plants in Mexico, said, “The automobile is already a computer with wheels.” More technology providers will be needed.

According to the National Auto Parts Industry (INA), which represents more than 70% of auto parts companies and accounts for nearly 90% by value—more than 150 technology companies (software and development) have joined in recent months. 900 parts and components excluding services. Additionally, tech giants are entering the field to integrate vehicles into their digital platforms. These include AWS, Google, Alibaba or Tencent, expanding their footprint in automotive technology.

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Likewise, suppliers such as ZF Group and Forvia, Tier 1 high-tech suppliers in the automotive sector, had to adapt their organizational structures to survive in this sector dedicated to caring for the environment. Reduces its footprint. Therefore, suppliers must move in this direction because those who do not use these methods will be out of the “game”.

An event that will be a great support tool for suppliers to the automotive industry is Plastimagen, which will be held this year from November 7 to 10, 2023 at the Citipanamex Center in this city, where you won’t find the cutting edge. Technology for processing and handling plastics, but there will also be a very comprehensive conference agenda, whose high-value content focuses on trends in environmental protection and the circular economy. And with that I conclude the content of this weekly installment, which airs every Wednesday on W Radio from 5 to 6 a.m. on the news program “Better News at Dawn,” Vero Mendez,

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Plastics and technology at the heart of electromobility

This material is one of the most preferred materials by the automotive industry in Mexico because it is four times lighter than steel and twice as light as aluminum. By 2030, 25% of a vehicle’s components are expected to be made of plastic, while the technology sector is already immersed in its integration, focusing on environmental care and reducing the carbon footprint. Therefore, Plastimagen is a great value tool for suppliers who want to be “in the play”.


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Sylvia Ortiz Ruiz

Sylvia Ortiz Ruiz

Journalist and columnist with over 15 years of experience. He has worked in media such as CNN Extension, Mundo Executive, Dan Dinero with Alberto Aguilar, Televisa Radio.


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