The industry is popping these days with decisions on new components and materials for electric vehicles and their batteries. Todd Glogovsky, president of Asahi Kasei Plastics North America, wants to make it clear that there's a big role for plastics in the mix. Metals are strong, but new developments in polymers result in both strength and manufacturability. Glogovsky spoke with News Editor Lindsay Chappell from the company's offices in Fowlerville, Mich. Here are edited excerpts.
Q: Does the industry's shift to EVs play to Asahi Kasei's strengths as a supplier of engineering plastics?
A: When I look at the battery market, I think it's an opportunity for plastics. A lot of our applications are structural components, which are typically noncosmetic, like under the hood. But when you start getting around the battery, that's where the growth is going to be. You're going to have cooling systems, with fans.
There's air, radiators and thermal conductor technologies, and all that's an opportunity for structural black plastic of some type, and we play in those arenas. Lightweighting the components is also going to be crucial for battery range.