Archive for May, 2019

New Super Magnesium Alloy

New Super Magnesium Alloy

ALLITE® Inc., a full-service material sciences organization that develops and manufactures high-performance metal alloys, has added something notable to its product line— ALLITE Super Magnesium™ WE54. Designed for superior castability, it is 25-percent stronger than the traditional high-performance cast magnesium AZ91. Due to the alloy’s performance under extreme temperatures, ALLITE Super Magnesium WE54 will primarily […]

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Water-Injection Technology is Key to Lightweighting of Automotive Door Panel

By on May 25, 2019 in IN THE NEWS
Water-Injection Technology is Key to Lightweighting of Automotive Door Panel

Renault turns to thermoplastics. For several decades, thermoplastic and thermoset materials have been used in the automotive industry, with steady improvement in thermal and mechanical characteristics, processing behavior and end-product quality. At the same time, manufacturers have been responding to customer demand for connectivity, autonomous operation and comfort features that add to the overall driving […]

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Carbon Composites Innovations

Carbon Composites Innovations

Williams Advanced Engineering has introduced its proprietary, patent-pending innovations in carbon composites and the benefits they offer to the automotive industry and beyond. The company developed a pair of innovative technologies that promise a step-change in the affordability of composite materials. Known as 223™ and Racetrak™, these technologies offer comparable performance to existing composites solutions, […]

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NREL PROJECTS: Upcycling Plastics & Carbon-Fiber Research

NREL PROJECTS: Upcycling Plastics & Carbon-Fiber Research

The federal lab is exploring ways to aid the environment with new products. One day, a plastic Coca-Cola bottle may turn into a lightweight headlamp housing or battery casing if a research team at the National Renewable Energy Labratory (NREL) in Golden, Colo., can scale up a process it has achieved on the laboratory bench […]

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New Lightweight Vehicle Door

By on May 23, 2019 in IN THE NEWS
New Lightweight Vehicle Door

Teijin Ltd.’s automotive composites specialty groups have developed a multi-material composite automotive door concept that has the necessary crash specifications while lowering weight by 35 percent as compared to a conventional steel door. The module is made from carbon fiber sheet molded compound (SMC), glass fiber SMC and unidirectional glass fiber-reinforced plastics (GFRP). This offers […]

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SPE Seeks Nominations for Automotive Innovation Awards

SPE Seeks Nominations for Automotive Innovation Awards

It’s that time again—time to start submitting nominations for the Society of Plastics Engineers’ (SPE®) 49th annual Automotive Innovation Awards Gala. This is the oldest and largest recognition event in the automotive and plastics industries. This year’s awards gala will be held Nov. 6, 2019, at the Burton Manor in Livonia, Mich. “Polymer technologies are […]

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AI & AM— Revolutionizing Automotive Lightweighting

AI & AM— Revolutionizing Automotive Lightweighting

Authored by Avi Reichental – AI-driven generative design, advances in additive manufacturing are creating a perfect storm for automotive lightweighting. In 300-plus years of industrialization, there have been only a few instances where a trifecta of deep social change, rapid technological advancement and effective public policy converged to create a perfect storm that catalyzed exponential change. […]

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Martinrea Buys Big in Graphene Company

Martinrea Buys Big in Graphene Company

Martinrea International Inc., a leader in the development and production of quality, lightweight metal parts, is making a large investment in NanoXplore Inc., a manufacturer and supplier of highvolume graphene powder. This investment would bring Martinrea’s ownership interest in NanoXplore to approximately 16 percent of the issued and outstanding shares. In addition, Martinrea announced it […]

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RONN Working with Chinese On Vehicle Batteries

By on May 20, 2019 in IN THE NEWS
RONN Working with Chinese On Vehicle Batteries

RONN Motor Group, Inc. has executed a three-way joint venture in the People’s Republic of China to co-develop zero-emission, all-electric, hydrogen fuelcell/battery vehicles. RONN will retain 51-percent controlling interest and its two new partners, Durabl Motors Co. and Jiangsu Hanwei Automotive, Co., will hold the remaining 49 percent. General terms include 10-million shares priced at […]

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New Lightweight Vehicle Door

By on May 19, 2019 in IN THE NEWS
New Lightweight Vehicle Door

Industry experts expect the lightweight automotive materials global market to grow more than 6 percent and be a worth $110.5 billion by 2023. A factor in this growth is the push to increase fuel economy and meet the EPA mandate for vehicles to meet 50 miles per gallon by 2025. Even lowering that goal by […]

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