Archive for September, 2019

Teijin Expanding Lightweighting Reach

By on September 30, 2019 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS
Teijin Expanding Lightweighting Reach

Japanese company Teijin Limited is acquiring Benet Automotive s.r.o., a leading automotive composite and component supplier in the Czech Republic, from Jet Investment for undisclosed terms. Benet, headquartered in Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic, is a Tier One supplier of composite components to the automotive industry, offering advanced technologies for carbon fiber reinforced and glass fiber […]

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Lighter Weight Battery Enclosure

By on September 30, 2019 in IN THE NEWS
Lighter Weight Battery Enclosure

Novelis Inc., a world leader in aluminum rolling and recycling, has developed the first aluminum sheet battery enclosure solution to address customers’ needs in the rapidly growing electric vehicle and battery markets. This innovative design for next generation automobiles provides a more sustainable mobility solution in battery electric vehicles, a market that is expected to […]

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U.S. Die Casters—Poised to Provide OEMs the Greatest Bang for Their Buck

By on September 29, 2019 in IN THE NEWS
U.S. Die Casters—Poised to Provide OEMs the Greatest Bang for Their Buck

Helping OEMs make stronger manufacturing decisions With an evolving picture of competitive labor costs and an uncertain political landscape affecting trade policies, the global automotive-manufacturing industry is on the cusp of great change. Historically, lower costs of labor and higher output overseas have encouraged OEMs to relocate manufacturing production operations, helping developers reduce costs tenfold. […]

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Henkel Adds to Additive Manufacturing Portfolio

Henkel Adds to Additive Manufacturing Portfolio

Henkel is acquiring Molecule Corp., a privately owned, technology-driven company focused on product innovation in additive manufacturing. Molecule provides advanced solutions for 3-D printing applications—including medical devices, aerospace, automotive and a wide variety of consumer goods. “Molecule Corp. and Henkel are an excellent fit,” said Philipp Loosen, head of 3-D printing at Henkel. “Molecule’s strong […]

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New Lightweighting Research Center

By on September 29, 2019 in IN THE NEWS
New Lightweighting Research Center

Scotland opened an $11-million center to help companies with lightweight manufacturing technology. The Lightweight Manufacturing Centre will focus on developing lighter, more efficient components for high-value industries, including automotive, aerospace, renewable energy, marine, and oil and gas. The University of Strathclyde operates the center, which is the first step toward establishing the $80-million National Manufacturing […]

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T.50—Gordon Murray’s New Supercar

By on September 29, 2019 in IN THE NEWS
T.50—Gordon Murray’s New Supercar

Legendary designer Gordon Murray, of McLaren F1 fame, is coming out with a new supercar—the T.50. It will have a center-steer, three-seat configuration, as does the F1, and a V-12 engine with 650-horsepower revving to 12,100 rpm. In other words, not your mother’s Corolla. What is even more exciting? It will weigh only 2,161 pounds. […]

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Hybrid Body Panels with Structural Foam Reinforcements Equal Big Weight Savings

By on September 28, 2019 in IN THE NEWS
Hybrid Body Panels  with Structural Foam Reinforcements  Equal Big Weight Savings

Replacing all-metal components doesn’t decrease crash safety. Ajoint study investigating the possibilities of further automotive lightweighting in body and closure parts has revealed that about 40 kg of weight per car can be saved if conventional allmetal components are replaced by hybrid designs using high-performance structural foam. The approach leverages the synergy of a specially […]

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Porsche Uses Natural Fibers for Lightweighting

By on September 28, 2019 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS
Porsche Uses Natural Fibers for Lightweighting

Statistics show that new cars are becoming heavier, due, in part, to improved safety functions and more electronic equipment. Weight is an important factor for e-cars, since they require larger, heavier batteries to maximize range Therefore, new developments in lightweight design are a prerequisite for truly efficient e-cars. Researchers at Fraunhofer WKI asked whether fibrous […]

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Smile, You’re on a Side-View Camera

Smile, You’re on a Side-View Camera

Honda has big plans for its Honda e, compact electric car. They are talking a battery range of 124 miles and an 80-percent charging capability of 30 minutes. Its coolest feature, however, is a side-camera mirror system. The camera is on the outside. On the inside are two 6-inch screens located on the right and […]

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Lightweight Rear-Seat Shell in Composite Design

By on September 28, 2019 in IN THE NEWS
Lightweight Rear-Seat Shell in Composite Design

The Tepex continuous-fiber-reinforced composites from specialty chemicals company LANXESS is being used in the Audi A8. This sedan is offered with two electrically adjustable individual rear seats, the shells of which have been developed by Faurecia Automotive Seating and are manufactured using the hybrid molding process. The polyamide-6-based Tepex dynalite 102 RG600(2)/47% is used for […]

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