Although the mass market automotive industry has increasingly adopted the rotomolding process for many parts such as bumpers, mud flaps etc they still mainly rely on metal pressing and injection molded parts due to the cost efficiencies of mass production.
The recreational vehicle market, that includes things like caravans, campervans, segways and off road fun vehicles, however, have really embraced the advantages of rotomoulding.
Apart from the ability to make complex shapes easily and cheaply one of the main advantages for rotomoulding in this market is the ability to have small production runs to cater for the more customised nature of these markets.
The RV campervan market has boomed in particular as more and more baby boomers reach retirement.
This market is characterised by a myriad of after-market fabricators designing interiors around the confines of an existing vehicle cabin and chassis.
The individual manufactures point of difference, ie their product line is the range of unique layouts designs. This in turn has created a need for many different shaped recreational vehicle seats, tables, tanks and other accessories.
The relatively low production runs and the wide range of different shape, size and colours required, make it ideal for rotomoulding. Rotomoulding can be manufactured in virtually any shape, size, colour or texture giving great control over the aesthetics of the final product.
Another big consideration for this market is weight efficiency to minimise fuel consumption, and once again rotomoulding wins with an excellent weight to size and strength ratio.
Typical benefits of rotomoulding in the Automotive Industry
All weather resistance
Comfortable to handle(hot and cold)
Consistent wall thickness
Good load bearing properties
High impact resistance
One-part construction(no seams)
Potable water safe
There are many examples of rotomoulding in the automotive sector Uses are growing daily only limited by the imagination.
Auto body Parts
Rotational moulding provides for many businesses in their sector