MATERIAL MATTERS

Novelis Aluminum in Jaguar EV

By on February 8, 2019 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS
Novelis Aluminum in Jaguar EV

Novelis, a leader in aluminum rolling and recycling, will supply its premium Novelis Advanz™ aluminum to the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE. This new addition to the Jaguar PACE family, and the carmaker’s first all-electric vehicle, features a strong and stiff lightweight aluminum construction to reduce weight and increase battery range up to 290 miles. The electric […]

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Lightweight Vehicle Body Structures from MSC Smart Steel

By on February 4, 2019 in MATERIAL MATTERS
Lightweight Vehicle Body Structures from MSC Smart Steel

One of the driving principals of automotive engineering today is improving fuel efficiency, which thereby reduces carbon emissions. Many strategies have been implemented concurrently by the automotive OEMs, such as improved aerodynamics and adopting alternative powertrains, but the most widely implemented practice involves reducing vehicle mass. More than ever, innovative designs and lightweight materials are […]

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Fluorocarbons CAGR to Jump 3 Percent

By on November 18, 2018 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS
Fluorocarbons CAGR to Jump 3 Percent

Expect the global fluorocarbon market to see a compound annual growth rate of more than 3 percent from 2018 to 2022. This according to Technavio, a market research company. One reason for the increase is the rising demand for lightweight materials, especially in the automotive industry. Fluorocarbons are used in air-conditioning and various automobile components, […]

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2018 Automotive Innovation Awards Hall of Fame

By on November 18, 2018 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS
2018 Automotive Innovation Awards Hall of Fame

The first injection-molded thermoplastic (PC/PBT) rear energy absorber for a vehicle bumper system, used on the 2003 Honda Element compact crossover SUV, was named the 2018 Automotive Innovation Awards Hall of Fame winner by the Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE®). The energy absorber, made with XENOY™ Polycarbonate/Polybutylene Terephthalate (PC/PBT) resin from […]

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Flax & Lightweighting

By on November 17, 2018 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS
Flax & Lightweighting

It’s been 35 years since carbon fibers revolutionized F1 cars. Since then, not much has happened, including getting past carbo-fiber problems such as sharp shattering in crashes, being expensive, manufacturing safety issues and a heavy eco footprint. Swiss company Bcomp Ltd wanted to move forward. It compiled latest information on composites and lightweighting and applied […]

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Braidy Takes Over Materials Technology Company

By on November 17, 2018 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS
Braidy Takes Over Materials Technology Company

Braidy Industries, Inc. has acquired NanoAl LLC, a world leader in the science of nanocrystallinestrengthening technology applied to sheet aluminum, as a third wholly owned subsidiary. NanoAl will join the Braidy Atlas aluminum-rolling mill and Veloxint in the Braidy Industries company portfolio. NanoAl came out of the Department of Materials Science at Northwestern University with […]

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Lightweighting/Fuel Efficiency Drive High-Performance Plastic Demand

By on November 16, 2018 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS
Lightweighting/Fuel Efficiency Drive High-Performance Plastic Demand

According to Frost & Sullivan, a business-consulting firm, lightweighting, engine downsizing and vehicle electrification will increase demand and adoption of high-performance plastics (HPPs) in the automotive and aerospace industries. Frost & Sullivan anticipates the automotive and aerospace HPP market to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.2 percent until 2024, reaching $3.05 […]

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LIFT’s New Undertakings

LIFT’s New Undertakings

Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow (LIFT) is launching its third round of technology projects. This round will total more than $6.5 million in combined federal and industry investment in critical lightweight solutions. “We are very pleased to launch these new projects with our partners to invigorate new innovation in lightweighting,” said Nigel Francis, chief executive officer […]

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DOE Vehicle Research

By on November 16, 2018 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS
DOE Vehicle Research

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is backing 42 projects totaling $80 million to support advanced vehicle technologies that will enable more affordable mobility, strengthen domestic energy security, reduce U.S. dependence on foreign sources of critical materials and enhance the country’s economic growth. Some of the areas the projects deal with are batteries and electrification […]

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Automotive Adhesives

By on November 15, 2018 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS
Automotive Adhesives

The use of adhesives in vehicles is on the rise. According to 3M, the Post-it folks, “Some of today’s vehicles contain more than 500 linear feet of adhesive . . . This is nearly 15 times more adhesive than was used in a vehicle in 2001. There is no question when it comes to lightweight […]

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