Advancements in engineered plastics and composites have led to significant improvements in the fuel efficiency and safety of mass transit vehicles, including trains and buses. Plastics have long been one of the most popular materials used in the manufacturing of mass transit vehicles due to desired qualities such as high strength to weight ratio, high wear and corrosion resistance, and fire and flame resistance. Plastics are able to withstand extreme conditions without corroding or dropping in performance.
We deliver many solutions that also meet the transportation industry requirements for flame, smoke, and toxicity specifications and bullet and blast threats. For example, we offer materials for vehicle window glazing that meet ANSI Z26.1 AS2, AS4, and AS5 standards. Recent advances in composites have expanded the use of plastics in mass transit vehicles beyond storage bins, seats, interior panels, trim, brackets, and mirrors. New plastic composites available from Piedmont Plastics are flexible enough to withstand sustained vibration, yet rigid and strong enough to support larger structures. In addition, they are lightweight providing optimal operation and fuel savings. As a result, larger buses and faster trains are being developed, improving mass transit systems worldwide.