We have served the automotive industry since our founding in 1981, delivering to the exacting standards of global OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers. As the complexity of parts and assemblies has evolved, so too have our engineering and technical capabilities, all in-step with the demands of today’s vehicles and their intricate systems. Automotive customers rely on our rapid prototyping, additive manufacturing, material knowledge and most importantly, our deep experience in converting metal parts to plastic.
GTP’s product portfolio includes a variety of engine, transmission, fluid handling, and other critical use functional plastics. Key assemblies include engine and rocker covers, internal engine parts, oil fill tube caps and assemblies and transmission closeouts.
Recently, we have begun to investigate a multitude of applications for hybrid and electric vehicles, notably in the areas of thermal management, battery containment, lighting, electrical and interior applications – all of which require specialty resins and manufacturing knowledge.
GTP supports the major Tier 1 Safety System suppliers to the OEM’s in saving lives. This includes producing and supplying critical components used in Passive Safety Systems (Airbags/Seatbelts) and Active (Front/Rear Cameras, Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Monitoring, Lane Keeping Assists, etc.). These components are produced using high-performance engineered resins required and are required to maintain very tight tolerances and meet high-performance impact requirements.
To help satisfy the requirements needed for these safety-critical components, GTP utilizes an extensive APQP Process. We begin with encouraging collaborative engineering with our customers using the latest in design and simulation software to evaluate part and mold design prior to proceeding to production tooling. This includes Mold Flow Analysis to simulate the flow of the plastic material for optimum product quality and dimensional stability.
GTP is a leading supplier of Engine Covers, Fuel Rail Covers and other underhood plastics to the OEM’s. With a proven track record of producing and supplying cost-effective solutions which blend high-temperature resins, insulating material, fasteners and other value-add components GTP provides underhood plastic injection molded components that offer Class A surfaces for enhanced appearance, are capable of withstanding the high-heat underhood environment and also offer sound dampening from the noise that engine may generate.
Key to our success in this market segment is our material and engineering experts working hand-in-hand with OEM engineers to develop high-quality, high-performing components and assemblies at optimal costs.
This has been a segment of significant growth for GTP. We draw upon our experience and expertise to focus on parts for internal and external engine applications that transport oil and coolants, utilizing resins designed to resist corrosive fluids and heat which also incorporate proprietary sealing components that meet performance specifications at competitive pricing.
Typical applications for this growing market segment are Oil Fill Caps/Tube Assemblies, Oil Galley Plugs, Quick Connects (Fuel), Air Intake Manifolds, Air Intake Tubes, Filter Housings, Coolant Valves-Housings, Coolant Bypass Tubes, and others.
From the beginning, GTP has produced and supplied a wide range of injection molded parts for electrical system applications. Our experience in this area includes connectors for larger powertrain modules, Battery Trays/Covers/Boxes, PCM Brackets, complete Fuse Box assemblies or sheathing for wire harnesses, we have the experience and expertise to mold intricate parts required for today’s intricate electrical systems.
GTP has lead a number of metal-to-plastic conversions in the area of structural vehicle components. These components have included various brackets, radiator supports, structural components, substrates, module covers, Housings. In these instances, GTP used our extensive material knowledge and supply base to specify resin formulations that provided the strength required but with less weight and cost.
This afforded GTP to provide solutions to our customers which offered a high strength-to-weight ratio, boosted fuel economy and no corrosion or degradation when chemically exposed or exposed to harsh climates.
A major step in GTP’s approach to new business applications is to perform an in-depth Feasibility study on all parts. This is a useful tool to help determine any shortcomings of the part design, specifications, tolerances, etc. and especially holds true in determining if metal-to-plastic part conversions are feasible to manufacture. This is a first step in our extensive APQP process used throughout the life of a part.
GTP also uses prototyping to support product design and faster tool build. We have made considerable investments in the development of our prototyping analysis and testing capabilities to benefit our customers. This includes rapid prototyping which utilizes 3D printing to support part design, metal-to-plastic conversion initiatives and to produce small run prototype parts for testing by our customers. We maintain the ability to print in numerous materials including engineering resins.
GTP can also use 3D printing to support automation for custom jigs, workpiece holders, overhead/assembly end-of-arm tooling and fixture components.