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U.S. Department of Transportation’s NHTSA Official to Speak on the CAFE Standards at the Lightweighting AutoPlastics 2012 Conference

August 29, 2012

LOS ANGELES, August 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –

Mr. Stephen Ridella, Director of Vehicle Safety Research-U.S. Department of
Transportation’s NHTSA, will share the Government Perspective on the Corporate Average
Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards and automotive plastics with major automakers and plastic
manufacturers at the Lightweighting AutoPlastics conference, on November 14 – 15, 2012 in
Troy, Michigan USA. For more information, visit http://www.lightweightautoplastics.com

Automakers worldwide are ramping up their lightweighting programs to meet the
fuel-efficiency standards for vehicles sold in the U.S., as mandated by the Corporate
Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) regulation. The goal is 54.5 MPG on average for the entire
fleet by 2025, which will help consumers save significant energy costs but also present
automakers with challenges in utilizing lightweighting materials and technologies. Plastic
manufacturers are now working with major auto OEMs in strategic partnerships, such as
Ford-Dow, GM-Teijin, Honda-Nissan-Toray and BMW-SGL to tackle these challenges when
incorporating plastic based materials, such as engineering plastics and carbon fiber
reinforced polymers (CFRP), into existing car structures to achieve optimal engine

PlasticsToday, a leading publication for the global plastic industry, is pleased to
host the inaugural Lightweighting AutoPlastics 2012 conference, on November 14 – 15, 2012
in Troy, Michigan USA. The conference program features multifaceted perspectives from the
entire automotive plastic industry, presented by auto OEMs, Tier 1 suppliers, plastic
manufacturers, processors, injection molders and other upstream suppliers. The meeting’s
agenda has been designed to drive innovation for future lightweight and fuel-efficient
vehicles, and is tailored to those involved in lightweighting programs at automakers, Tier
1 suppliers and plastic manufacturers. This event is supported by SPE Automotive Division,
SPE Detroit, Ohio State University’s Manufacturing Institute, and Ohio State University’s
Center for Automotive Research.

The Lightweighting AutoPlastics 2012 conference is the only industry event where the
U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
(NHTSA), the government agency that administers the CAFE program, will deliver an
exclusive presentation on the fuel-economy mandate. Mr. Stephen Ridella, Director of
Vehicle Safety Research-NHTSA, will be presenting on the Government Perspective on the
CAFE standards and the agency’s expectations of automotive plastics in future vehicle
design. Alongside Mr. Ridella, Dr. Adrian Lund-President of the Insurance Institute for
Highway Safety (IIHS), will participate in a panel discussion around plastic use in
lightweight vehicles and the implications for safety and performance.

Other notable speakers include Lawrence Geise, Division Director-Design, Honda R&D;
Patrick Blanchard, Composites Group Leader, Ford Motor; Avetik Harutyunyan, Chief
Scientist, Honda Research Institute; Gary Lownsdale, Director of R&D, Plasan Carbon
Composites; Erich Fries, Head of Composites Unit, KraussMaffei; Marianne Morgan, Industry
Liaison Manager, BASF; and more. To view all speakers and download the conference
brochure, visit http://www.lightweightautoplastics.com

“Plastics emerge as a top alternative to conventional metals to achieve tangible
weight savings-yet, the application of plastics to existing car structures is not without
challenges. Automakers find it challenging, for example, to fully utilize advanced plastic
composites and carbon fiber reinforced polymers in a commercially viable way. When
integrating plastics, implications for cost and performance need to be addressed.
Moreover, in some cases new process technologies are needed for a full integration of
plastics into car structures,” said Tony Deligio, Content Director of PlasticsToday, who
will be chairing the Lightweighting AutoPlastics 2012 conference.

Some highlights of the Lightweighting AutoPlastics conference include:

        - Understanding the NHTSA and IIHS perspective on lightweighting and
          automotive plastics in terms of safety and performance
        - Capitalizing on the sustainable mobility trends and the CAFE standards to
          incorporate plastics in future car design
        - Devising a mass-market strategy for automotive plastics and carbon fiber
          reinforced polymers (CFRP)
        - Discovering advances in nanotechnology to develop carbon nanotubes as
          additives to high-strength composites
        - Discussing future multi-material design that optimizes the use of plastics in
          car structures
        - Updating on advances in high-performance thermoplastics, thermosets and
          reinforcing agents, and their applications for the auto markets
        - Applying predictive engineering tools for composite structure validation and
          hydraulic technologies for automated mass-production

Registration for this event is now open. Sign up online at
http://www.lightweightautoplastics.com before Sep. 14 to save $300, or call
+1-310-996-9435 for information on special group discounts. Use promo code PR1

        For further information, contact:

        Vu Nguyen

SOURCE PlasticsToday

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