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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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R.I.P. Beloved Beetle

By on September 28, 2019 in IN THE NEWS
R.I.P. Beloved Beetle

Your storied history has come to an end. Volkswagen is shutting down your production. You were truly a lightweight car. Your 1955 model weighed a mere 1,600 pounds. Puny next to that year’s Cadillac Coupe de Ville’s 4,610 pounds. You started out as a pet project for Adolf Hitler. He wanted you to be the […]

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The Next Industrial Revolution

By on September 27, 2019 in IN THE NEWS
The Next Industrial Revolution

Advances in Gen3 steel and battery 3-D printing is transforming product development and manufacture. The rate at which new methods of additive manufacturing are coming online is staggering. The number of new materials being developed seemingly grows by the day, and the additive technologies continue to be improved and refined for better speed, resolution and […]

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Sales Rising for Light Vehicle Batteries

By on September 27, 2019 in IN THE NEWS
Sales Rising for Light Vehicle Batteries

The global light vehicle batteries market is expected to post a compound annual growth rate of more than 10 percent from 2019 to 2023, according to market-research company Technavio. A key factor in this growth is the declining Li-ion battery prices. Li-ion batteries are the most widely used batteries for light vehicles across the world […]

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Lightweighting Fuels Chemical & Materials Market Growth

By on September 27, 2019 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS
Lightweighting Fuels Chemical & Materials Market Growth

Automotive lightweighting will boost the global chemicals and materials in the infrastructure and mobility applications sector, business-consulting firm Frost & Sullivan predicts. Other key factors pushing the market will be 3-D printing, digital transformation, circular economy and CO2 as feedstock. Frost & Sullivan expects market growth to be propelled by rapid economic and infrastructure development […]

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EIB Invests in Lightweighting

By on August 1, 2019 in IN THE NEWS
EIB Invests in Lightweighting

The European Investment Bank (EIB) will finance the innovation strategy of Spanish firm Cikautxo, a specialist in the production of plastic and rubber components for the automotive sector. The company will seek to implement new, more sustainable production processes enabling the development of products for less-polluting vehicles. EIB and Cikautxo are securing a loan from […]

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Lightweighting and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

By on August 1, 2019 in IN THE NEWS
Lightweighting and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

University of Toronto and Ford R&D researchers have determined that lightweighting will be effective in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emission over the next 10 to 20 years. Conventional powertrain vehicles are expected to be dominant during that time. Their study, “A Dynamic Fleet Model of U.S Light-Duty Vehicle Lightweighting and Associated Greenhouse Gas Emissions from […]

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Lightweight Car Sharing in China

By on July 31, 2019 in IN THE NEWS
Lightweight Car Sharing in China

Two hundred lightweight Grove hydrogen passenger cars will be available soon for rental in China. The Chongqing Nan’an District government, Chongqing Panda Automobile Rental Company and Chongqing Geosciences Industry Technology Institute Co. signed a three-party strategic cooperation agreement to launch the hydrogen “sharing car” project, which will be the first of its kind in the […]

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JBM Group Acquires Majority Stake in Linde-Wiemann

By on July 29, 2019 in IN THE NEWS
JBM Group Acquires Majority Stake in Linde-Wiemann

The Indian company, JBM Group, has acquired 60-percent interest in Germany’s Linde-Wiemann GmbH KG, a manufacturer of complex structural components and assemblies supplying to global automakers. The acquisition will bring new products, global customers and new German technologies to the JBM Group that will not only help in expanding its global footprint, but will also […]

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Next-Generation Glass Fiber Composite

Next-Generation Glass Fiber Composite

ENOLIT GOR, a leader in the automotive extrusion and thermoforming market, has seen demand for its innovative RENOLIT TECNOGOR take off as the next-generation, safe, clean, 100-percent recyclable glass fiber composite for automotive interior applications. Tier 1 thermoformers combine superior part performance with consistent quality, higher productivity and lower costs of the production process, which […]

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