Northeast Plastics

Transportation: The Role of Plastics

The Lightweight Champion: Plastics in Transportation

Lightweight, cost-effective, and durable: plastics are crucial for the transportation industry. In both aesthetic and structural applications, plastics are a smart solution, enabling us to travel further for less.

Advantages of Plastics in Transportation

  • Fuel Efficiency: The lightweight nature of plastics translates directly into better fuel efficiency. 
  • Durability: Plastics are resistant to impact, weather, chemicals, corrosion, and even fire, ensuring longevity and safety.
  • Fabrication Ease: Easy to fabricate, plastics allow for creative and practical design solutions in transportation.
  • Maintenance: Reduced maintenance costs and down time save time and money in private and public transportation.
  • Comfort: Sound dampening properties of plastics contribute to a more comfortable travel experience.
  • Design Flexibility: Available in various colors and designs, plastics offer aesthetic freedom.


  • Mass Transit: Components like bearings, liners, windows, and panels in buses and rail cars are predominantly made of plastics.
  • RVs: Windshields, interior components, and body panels in RVs leverage the lightweight and durable nature of plastics.
  • Trucks: In the trucking industry, plastics are used in flooring, mud flaps, and more.

Plastics used in the transportation Industry

  • Acetal (POM) & Acrylic (PMMA)
  • ABS & Epoxy
  • HDPE & Liquid Crystal Polymers (LCP)
  • Nylon & Phenolics
  • Polycarbonate (PC) & PEEK
  • Polyethylene & PET
  • PTFE & PVC
  • Silicone & SMA-PC
  • TPE & Thermoplastic Polyesters

For more information on the transformative role of plastics in transportation, visit Northeast Plastics or contact them at 215-637-2221. Their expertise and range of services offer a glimpse into the future of transportation, a future where plastics play a starring role.