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How Plastic Has Shaped the Transportation Industry

Plastic is used for a variety of transportation needs including light diffusers, glazing, headliners, partitions, and interior wall panels.  Thermoplastic can offer a list of advantages over wood, fiberglass, and metals, such as durability, sound insulation, and outstanding aesthetics.  Plastic is also an already significantly lightweight material that directly contributes to a more efficient fuel economy in shipping.

Thermoplastic has the complementary advantage of having color throughout the material, eliminating the need for secondary painting.  Unlike metals or wood, plastics are resistant to moisture, allowing them to have long-term lifespans without rusting or rotting.

The benefit of plastic in the transportation industry can include:

  • Conducive to most design aesthetics
  • Availability in any color
  • Strong and reliable durability
  • Ability to be reformed with ease
  • Resistant to moisture
  • Resistant to rot and rust
  • Insulating properties for sound and acoustics
  • Significant fuel efficiency for shipping
  • Grades offered for outdoor and weather-friendly conditions
  • Grades offered for fuels, lubricants, and cleaning chemicals
  • Grades offered that meet various flammability standards
  • Grades offered that meet ANSI Z26.1-1996 standards

Over the years, there have been significant advancements in plastic engineering that have led to improvements to many forms of transportation through mass transit vehicles, like planes, trains, and buses.  Plastic has an increasingly popular material used in mass transit vehicle manufacturing due to the reliable qualities of plastic, such as strong durability, rust and rot resistance, and its efficiency for shipping.  Plastic is able to handle inclement weather and other damaging conditions without compromising its overall performance.

Here is a brief list of products in the transportation industry that is often made with plastic:

  • Cargo carriers
  • Limo or other privacy partitions
  • Road signs
  • Injection molding
  • Vehicle glazing
  • Light diffusers
  • Vehicle headliners
  • Window shrouds
  • Rain windshield wipers
  • Golf cart windshields
  • Interior instrument panels
  • Interior wall panels
  • Modesty panels
  • Spare tire covers
  • Luggage and storage bins
  • Bed liners for pickup trucks
  • Wear pads
  • Seating
  • & more!

As you can see, there are a wide variety of different applications of plastic that directly relate to the transportation industry.  Plus, we haven’t even covered half of it!  Plastic is the planet’s most advantageous and diverse material creating everyday conveniences and cutting-edge technologies for all kinds of transportation applications.  Allow Plastic Service Centers to walk you through how this industry and our workforce can create new solutions for you and your business today!

Plastic Service Centers: Thermoplastic Distributors Michigan

Plastic Service Centers can offer you availability from our 4,000,000+ pounds of inventory!

We stock bulk plastic resins, like thermoplastic resins, PVC shrinkage and plastic PVC board, and nylon shrinkage.  We also have expertise in the distribution of prime, generic, or wide-specification custom compounds and engineered resins, carbon fiber, automotive resin polymers, and commodity polymers.

Our relationships with our manufacturers and logistics partners are paramount, and this allows access to the plastic resin products you need at the time and place you need them.  We have competitive pricing on all our plastic resin supply, including our in-house surplus resins.

Located in Clinton Township, Michigan, Plastic Service Centers does plastic distribution throughout the United States, helping us serve our clients conveniently and efficiently.  We work with our customers to ensure high quality and competitive prices for every single plastic order.  You can’ trust PSC com to be your experts in the processing of plastics and fulfilling the need for any kind of new plastic services.

Just give us a call (586) 307-3900 if you have questions or would like to request a quote, or fill out the contact form on our website!