Powersports are gaining popularity, and so are the manufacture powersports plastics. Contract manufacturers, who once predominantly manufactured automotive and airplane parts, are now manufacturing parts for personal water crafts (PWCs), All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs), snowmobiles and motorcycles. The advantage is that injection molded plastic parts are durable and lightweight, making this already fun vehicles faster and more fuel efficient. But, before we explain any further, you may be asking, "What are powersports?"
Powersports are a subgenre of motorsports that include recreation with snowmobiles, motorcycles, ATV's and PWC's. The three defining features of the vehicles within this recreational activity are handlebars to steer the vehicle, a single motor to propel the vehicle and a "rider on", exposed, saddle-like seat. There is a powersports vehicle for every element and climate, so it's no wonder that this is one of the fastest growing recreational activities in the country. The demand for powersports has created a larger market for powersports plastics, and contract manufacturers are noticing.
The rising popularity of powersports is sparking the demand for powersports plastics. High tooling and material costs make this a significant investment, but, once a mold is tooled, the individual cost per part drops dramatically. Plus, to counteract the current cost barriers, new and advanced materials are currently being developed to further reduce costs.
Using plastic powersports parts offer durable, sustainable, lightweight, resilient, and stable parts for a wide variety of powersports vehicles. Since the drivers and passengers of powersports vehicles are exposed on a saddle seat, stability and safety is of the utmost importance. State-of-the-art plastics and resins offer a higher level of durability and safety than materials used in the past. Modern injection molded plastics can also offer a wide variety of colors and finishes to suit individual vehicle owners. The larger question here is whether a part can or should be made out of plastic.
This all depends on materials and tooling. Tooling procurement and cost must always be a top consideration when making the critical decision to source a powersports plastics project. As we mentioned earlier, it's both the most costly and critical aspect of any powersports plastics project.
Your procurement team needs to be involved in every step of this process in order to unequivocally determine whether a part should be an alloy or a plastic. Some major determining factors are size, weight, shape and application. For plastic parts, your company needs to determine what manufacturing method is best for the type and volume of a particular part. For example, it's usually recommended to use injection molding for higher volume projects. Overall the initial tooling cost is higher, but the cost per part is lower. Conversely, thermoforming offers a lower tooling cost, but a higher cost per part.
Baytech Plastics is a leader and innovator in the field of powersports plastics, from design, tooling and manufacturing to distribution. Contact us and let us show you how this powersports plastics contract manufacturer can work for you.
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