Breaking Metal Barriers

Automotive Structural Components

Lightweight Materials for Cars

Automobiles can be safe and sound without being weighed down by metal. Structural composites are lightweight, fatigue resistant and easily molded to shape, making them ideal substitutes for components in a car’s frame, body, or suspension. Give drivers the energy efficient, materially advanced automobile that will give them peace of mind on every trip.


  • Chassis stiffeners and braces are often made of steel or aluminum. Lighten up with thermoset structural composites
  • Metal structures restrict your design options. Polystrand™ thermoplastic structural composites give you the chance to flex your creative muscle
  • Remove weight, not strength, by replacing the metal in your brackets with OnForce™ LFT long fiber materials
  • Our extensive line of color and additive masterbatch products and services match colors exactly across many different plastic materials, while preventing material degradation due to heat, cold, hydrocarbon exposure and mechanical abuse

Product Name Description Characteristics Characteristics
Glasforms™ Pultruded thermoset composites Stiffness Fatigue strength
Polystrand™ Continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites Stiffness Ability to post-form
Complēt™ and OnForce™ LFT Long fiber reinforced plastics High Stiffness Good impact in structural and metal replacement applications
Edgetek™ Toughened PPA Polyphthalamide formulations High temperature performance and excellent impact resistance Low moisture absorption for mechanical and structural integrity
Automotive Aftermarket Side Step Case Study (Snapshot) Moisture-resistant Complēt™ long glass fiber reinforced formulation improves strength, design freedom, and finish View
Automotive Removable Roof Bracket Case Study (Snapshot) Complēt™ long carbon fiber reinforced polyphthalamide composite replaced steel in bracket securing roof panels and achieved an 80% weight reduction View
Automotive Steering Column Bracket Case Study (Snapshot) Complēt™ long carbon fiber reinforced nylon composite replaced metal steering column supports and lowered weight by 50% View
How to Lightweight Automotive Components Article Explore three key opportunities for metal-to-plastic conversion View
Panels for Off-Road Vehicles Case Study (Snapshot) Ten engineered material and Masterbatch solutions provided global service improvements for panels on off-road vehicles View
Piranha Marine Propeller Case Study (Snapshot) Complēt™ MT Long Glass Fiber Reinforced Nylon 6 improved durability and vibration damping allowing the blades to flex and absorb energy from minor impacts View
Services Capabilities Overview Product/Service Overview Discover the comprehensive technical services available through Specialty Engineered Materials at Avient to assist customers View