Archive for February, 2018

EVs Demand Aluminum

By on February 19, 2018 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS
EVs Demand Aluminum

An analysis by the mining-and-metals industry intelligence firm CRU calculates that aluminum demand from the production of electric vehicles (EVs) will near 10-million tons globally by 2030. The report emphasizes that EVs rely heavily on aluminum-intensive extrusions and rolled products as compared to traditional internal combustion engine vehicles. The report forecasts that global battery-electric (BEV), […]

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Lighter-Weight Porsche 911 GTS RS

Lighter-Weight Porsche 911 GTS RS

The 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS gotten lots of attention for its racing chassis and four-liter, 520 horsepower engine. But, as is increasingly the case these days, the car was strategically designed and built to optimize lightweight construction techniques. As with the previous model, front and rear fascia are made from lightweight polyurethane. The front […]

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Recycling Plastic Parts

A recent report from the Plastics Industry Association has results from the first phase of the association’s End-of-Life (ELV) Recycling Demonstration Project. The project examines the viability of collecting and reprocessing plastic auto parts so that they can be recycled into other automotive applications. The project, which will continue into two more phases, looked at […]

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Ford’s Composite Cylinder Strategy

By on February 2, 2018 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS
Ford’s Composite Cylinder Strategy

According to patent applications from the Ford Motor Company, the company is looking to replace metal with composite materials in the manufacture of cylinder heads. Ford has already patented a new hybrid composite cylinder head made up primarily of a polymer composite, rather than iron or aluminum, as reported in recent industry reviews. A fiber-reinforced […]

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Light Seats from Adient

By on February 1, 2018 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS
Light Seats from Adient

Automotive seating supplier Adient continues focusing resources on the development of lightweight-seating technologies for automobiles. That’s a big challenge when one considers passenger safety, comfort and the growing trend toward multi-functional options within seats. As a result, Adient has been concentrating on alternative materials and composites. It reports that, over the last 10 years, it […]

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