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Case Study

Smooth Technical Validation Paves the Way for New Auto Part Material 

Saved money and mitigated risk of production delay

A Southeastern company producing a steering column component needed help overcoming production challenges when a critical material in its supply chain was discontinued. Finding a suitable nylon resin replacement without disrupting production would require OEM approval of the new grade, and automotive industry requirement that can prove complicated and costly, especially for smaller manufacturers with limited staff resources. With numerous molders and teams involved in the production, the manufacturer needed a partner to oversee all players to ensure a timely transition and successful OEM validation.

Nexeo Plastics knew the key to solving this challenge lay in selecting not just an acceptable new material, but one with proven, well-documented technical proficiencies that could move through OEM validation without incident. To smooth the way, our automotive industry experts reached out to engineers at a leading resin supplier who gathered documentation to demonstrate the new resin's lab-tested effectiveness.

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