October 2008

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: HPImpact: Automotive design drives new focus for chemicals makers

Trends emerging now in the automotive industry have the potential to bring significant change to several areas of automotive engineering, says James D. Eddy, Automotive Industry Manager of Zeon Chemic..

Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Trends emerging now in the automotive industry have the potential to bring significant change to several areas of automotive engineering, says James D. Eddy, Automotive Industry Manager of Zeon Chemicals L.P. in Louisville, Kentucky. "From the resurgence of past technologies like turbocharging to increasing electrification of vehicles, we can expect these trends to affect the vehicles of the future and the elastomers used to produce them," according to Mr. Eddy. Here are a few of the rising trends he predicts to be increasingly important. • Renaissance of turbocharging. Rising fuel costs will lead to a preference for technologies that allow more power to be produced by smaller engin

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