Lightweight is the name of the game in many applications. In particular, in (automotive) transportation, the European Committee has posed severe penalties on Car Makers if their fleet exceeds certain CO2 emission.
As metals (steel, aluminum) are the traditional construction materials in transportation, opportunities exist for plastic materials to replace metal and therefore reduce the car’s weight. To do so, structural properties of polymeric materials need to be further enhanced. This can be done by intrinsic polymer properties, but also by the use of reinforcing fibers in the polymeric matrix. In this respect endless glass fibers and carbon fibers are often used, but still hardly applied in thermoplastic materials. The reason is, next to the total costs of production, the uncertainty of the performance of thermoplastic composites in use.