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Ceramic-Balls Market Expanding

By on August 29, 2018 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS
Ceramic-Balls Market Expanding

According to MarketsandMarkets, the ceramic-balls market will grow from $433.0 million in 2018 to $636.3 million by 2023, at a CAGR of 8.0 percent between 2018 and 2023. The increasing use of heat- and corrosion-resistant materials in the automotive end-use industry is one of the significant driving factors. Silicon-based ceramic balls provide superior properties, such […]

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New Advanced Metal Processing Center Opens in London

By on August 20, 2018 in IN THE NEWS
New Advanced Metal Processing Center Opens in London

Thenew Advanced Metal Processing Center (AMPC) has opened at Brunel University London. The center gives manufacturers an incentive to work with Brunel on large-scale research and development activity, which includes innovative structures for lightweight car parts that would go from the lab to full-scale industrial trials. The AMPC is funded by £15 million ($20 million) […]

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Nanostructured Magnesium Alloys

By on August 17, 2018 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS
Nanostructured Magnesium Alloys

Terves LLC. was selected by the U.S. Army and Missile Defense Agency to continue development of innovative high-strength, non-flammable, nanostructured magnesium alloys for lightweighting applications. The company received Department of Defense (DoD) SBIR (Small Business Innovative Research) support for its patent-pending cast and wrought magnesium alloys, which could save 30 percent or more in structural […]

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Accolades for SikaPower, SikeSeal

By on August 15, 2018 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS
Accolades for SikaPower, SikeSeal

Frost & Sullivan presented Sika Automotive with the 2018 European Product Leadership Award for its flagship adhesives, SikaPower® and SikaSeal®. These two market-leading body-shop adhesives improve automobiles’ stiffness, crash durability and fatigue performance, thereby reducing vehicle weight and increasing safety levels. “Sika’s Body Shop Adhesive products enable lighter-weight vehicle body construction, leading to higher fuel […]

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Tier I Supplier Upgrades IMMS

Tier I Supplier Upgrades IMMS

Mitsubishi, wishing to overhaul its injection molding machines (IMMs) for bumpers, brought in Patti Engineering. As reported by Automation World, the Detroit-based company was charged with replacing Mitsubishi Electric A Series programmable logic controllers (PLCs) with Mitsubishi’s Melsec-Q Series PLCs. Patti Engineering also was to upgrade the machines’ human-machine interfaces (HMIs) to the InduSoft Web […]

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Lightweighting the BMW M2

By on August 4, 2018 in IN THE NEWS
Lightweighting the BMW M2

BMW has introduced an M Performance Parts concept car. It showcased how the BMW M2 could be customized with knowledge based on motorsports for lightweighting. The concept weighed over 132 pounds less than the production model. The concept car used a great deal of carbon fiber, starting at the grille, all the way through to […]

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New CGL to Meet Advanced High-Strength Steels Demand

By on August 1, 2018 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS

United States Steel Corporation and Kobe Steel, Ltd. will begin construction of a new continuous galvanizing line (CGL) at their subsidiaries’ joint venture, PRO-TEC Coating Company in Leipsic, Ohio, in response to an increased demand for advanced highstrength steels (AHSS). The new CGL, an investment of approximately $400 million, will have a yearly capacity of […]

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GM Wins Altair Enlighten Award’s Full-Vehicle

By on July 30, 2018 in IN THE NEWS
GM Wins Altair Enlighten Award’s Full-Vehicle

This year’s winner of the Altair Enlighten Award’s full-vehicle category is General Motors’ 2019 Chevrolet Silverado, which weighed in at an impressive 450 pounds (204.5 kilograms) lighter than its predecessor. The award, given out by Altair and the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), honors the greatest achievements in vehicle-weight savings each year. Inspiring interest from […]

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McLaren CEO Touts Lighter Vehicles

By on July 16, 2018 in IN THE NEWS
McLaren CEO Touts Lighter Vehicles

The CEO of McLaren Automotive, known for its high-performance sports cars, is urging the British automotive industry to embrace lightweighting. Mike Flewitt said it is no longer a “power race,” rather a “weight race.” While powertrain innovation plays a key role, Flewitt maintains that aligning with lightweighting will improve performance while decreasing the ecological impact […]

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Eliminating a Vexing Problem — Fog on Headlights

Eliminating a Vexing Problem — Fog on Headlights

Imagine an automotive lamp that is fog free and weighs less than a conventional one. Hyundai Mobis did more than imagine. It developed new materials that fend off fog and slash weight by 20 percent. It took only 18 months start of finish for Hyundai Mobis along with Initz (SK Chemical’s subsidiary), a Korean materials […]

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