How Composites and Laminates are Used in the Automotive Industry


Introduction to the Role of Laminates in Automotive Innovation

The Drive For Lighter and Stronger Materials

The automotive world has an ever-present drive to discover and employ lighter, more robust materials. This is primarily driven by the need to increase fuel efficiency while ensuring optimal safety for passengers. The industry has seen a significant trend towards adopting automotive composite and laminate materials, which promise the dual benefits of reduced weight and improved strength.

Importance of Resistance to Various Environmental Factors

Moreover, automobiles are constantly exposed to various environmental elements – from extreme temperature variations to corrosive agents. Therefore, the materials used in their manufacture must resist these factors to guarantee longevity and maintain performance. Laminates, with their multi-layered structure, offer such resistance, making them indispensable in modern automotive manufacturing.

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The Diverse Range of Automotive Products by CURRENT, INC.

Overview of Laminated Sheets, Rods, and Tubing

CURRENT, INC. is a major player in the industry, offering a diverse range of laminated products. Our portfolio includes sheets, rods, and tubing, each designed with specific applications. The versatility of these products ensures they can cater to a wide range of automotive needs.

Custom Fabrication and Secondary Machining For Specific Needs

Every automobile is unique, and so are its requirements. CURRENT, INC. recognizes this and provides custom fabrication and secondary machining services. This ensures that the laminates they supply are tailor-made for specific applications, fitting seamlessly into the manufacturing process of automakers.

Materials and Resins Used in Automotive Laminates

Types of Resins: Phenolic, Epoxy, Silicone, and Melamine

Resins act as the binders in laminates, determining their characteristics and properties. CURRENT, INC. uses a variety of resins, including Phenolic, Epoxy, Silicone, and Melamine. Each resin type offers distinct benefits, ranging from heat resistance to high mechanical strength, catering to diverse automotive needs.

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Incorporating Various Materials: Glass, Cotton, Paper, Carbon Fiber, Basalt, and Kevlar

The strength of laminates comes from the materials they incorporate. CURRENT, INC. integrates various materials, including Glass, Cotton, Paper, Carbon Fiber, Basalt, and Kevlar. This gives their laminates unique properties like high tensile strength, thermal resistance, and abrasion resistance, all critical for automotive applications.

Applications of Laminates in the Automotive Industry

Protectors for Gearbox Shafts and Carburetor Riser Plates

In the intricate mechanics of vehicles, specific components are especially susceptible to wear and tear, often demanding materials that can withstand the rigors of constant operation. Laminates, with their multi-layered configuration, have emerged as a sought-after solution for these challenges.

Specifically, gearbox shafts, which transfer power in vehicles, and carburetor riser plates, vital in regulating the mixture of air and fuel in engines, benefit significantly from the protective attributes of laminates.

Their ability to resist abrasion, combined with inherent durability, ensures that these parts remain functional and efficient over prolonged periods.

Utility of Inserts within GRP and Carbon Mouldings

Among the fascinating evolutions in automobile manufacturing is the growing use of laminates as foundational inserts within Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) and Carbon Mouldings. GRP and Carbon Mouldings are known for their lightweight nature and strength, but when integrated with laminates, these features are augmented.

The marriage of laminates with these materials not only bolsters structural integrity but also significantly enhances the overall resilience and strength of the component, ensuring a longer lifespan and better performance.

The Aesthetics: Aesthetic Coverings and Custom Fittings

The automotive industry is not just about creating machines that move; it’s about designing pieces of art that resonate with consumers. A vehicle’s aesthetic appeal often plays a significant role in its performance.

Recognizing this, many manufacturers are turning to laminates to elevate the visual appeal of their vehicles. With their smooth finish and ability to be tailored to various designs, laminates have become a popular choice for aesthetic coverings.

Moreover, they are frequently used for custom fittings, offering a refined appearance and a precise fit. This enhances a vehicle’s overall look and infuses it with luxury and sophistication.

Other Applications: VIP Completions, Gaskets, and Phenolic Spacers

Laminates’ adaptability continues after the uses, as mentioned earlier. Companies like CURRENT, INC. continue to innovate, finding newer applications for these versatile materials.

VIP completions, which refer to the specialized finishing touches in high-end vehicles, benefit from the precision and finesse laminates offer. Additionally, laminates are increasingly chosen for gaskets in sealing solutions due to their durability and resistance to various environmental factors.

Phenolic spacers, essential in managing heat within engines, also capitalize on laminates’ thermal resistance properties.

All these diverse applications underscore just how integral laminates have become in the ever-evolving automotive landscape.

Beyond Automotive – Electrical Grade Laminates and More

Introduction to Electrical Grade Laminates

Beyond the automotive world, laminates find a place in the electrical industry. Electrical grade laminates are specially designed to resist electrical breakdown and offer insulation, which is crucial in electrical systems.

Utility of Carbon Fiber Products and ESD G-10/FR4 Materials

Carbon fiber products and ESD G-10/FR4 materials are commonly used in electronic applications, offering the dual benefits of strength and electrical resistance.

Screw Machine Parts Made From Nylon, Delrin, and Teflon

Nylon, Delrin, and Teflon are materials used by CURRENT, INC. to make parts for screw machines, a testament to our dedication to innovation and diverse application areas.

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About CURRENT, INC. – Commitment to Quality and Innovation

Legacy of a family-owned business since 1962 Established in 1962, CURRENT, INC. has a rich legacy as a family-owned business. Over the decades, they’ve maintained an unwavering commitment to quality and innovation, solidifying our reputation in the industry.

Ensuring The Best Products on the Market

Every product from CURRENT, INC. undergoes rigorous testing and quality control. This ensures that clients receive nothing but the best every single time.

Customer Service and Engagement – A Priority

For CURRENT, INC., it’s not just about products. They prioritize customer service and engagement, building long-term client relationships and understanding their unique needs.


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Reaching Out For Queries and Custom Solutions

To benefit from our extensive range of products and services, one can easily reach out to CURRENT, INC. They are always ready to assist the automotive industry with queries and provide custom solutions.  

Offering No-Obligation Quotes and Assistance

Understanding the importance of informed decision-making, CURRENT, INC. offers no-obligation quotes and unwavering assistance, emphasizing transparency and trust in all our dealings.

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