MATERIAL MATTERS

Novelis Expands Aluminum Capabilities with Kentucky Investment

Novelis Expands Aluminum Capabilities with Kentucky Investment

Novelis Inc., a major player in aluminum rolling and recycling, has announced plans to build an approximately $300 million automotive aluminum sheet manufacturing facility in Guthrie, Kentucky.

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Shape Corp Acquiring Aluminum Extruder Magnode

Shape Corp Acquiring Aluminum Extruder Magnode

Shape Corp. has come to terms on a purchase agreement to acquire Ohio-based aluminum extruder, Magnode. The deal comes after a successful business relationship between that two companies that included collaboration on engineering projects.

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Predicting the Future of Lightweight Vehicle Composites

Predicting the Future of Lightweight Vehicle Composites

To accelerate the development of new, economical long carbon fiber composites, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) worked with a team of leading experts to develop a series of engineering tools.

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SGL Group Acquires BMW Group’s Interest in Carbon Fiber JV

SGL Group Acquires BMW Group’s Interest in Carbon Fiber JV

SGL Carbon SE is acquiring the BMW Group’s 49 percent equity investment in joint ventures SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers GmbH based in Germany and the U.S.-based SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers LLC, to become the sole owner of SGL ACF.

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GM to Use Carbon Fiber in Next-Generation Pickup Beds?

GM to Use Carbon Fiber in Next-Generation Pickup Beds?

General Motors has made efforts to slash weight from its vehicles, and its next-generation full-size pickup trucks might get the most surprising lightweight solution yet. They might be in line for a carbon fiber-induced diet.

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SABIC Touts New Resin for Lightweighting

By on November 29, 2017 in MATERIAL MATTERS
SABIC Touts New Resin for Lightweighting

According to the company, the SABIC PP-UMS resin has a melt strength of more than 65 cN and provides superior foamability. It can be used to develop new foaming solutions for lighweighting in such industries as automotive, packaging, and building and construction. 

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Aleris Opens Kentucky Aluminum Plant

By on November 20, 2017 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS
Aleris Opens Kentucky Aluminum Plant

Aleris, a global aluminum manufacturer, has opened its $400 million aluminum automotive body sheet production facility in Lewisport, Kentucky.

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Robots Frame New Car with Automotive Lightweighting

Robots Frame New Car with Automotive Lightweighting

Working with Comau SpA, Alfa Romeo created an innovative manufacturing strategy and assembly line of the future.

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New Extrusion Method Could Expand Magnesium in Lightweighting Vehicles

New Extrusion Method Could Expand Magnesium in Lightweighting Vehicles

The new process developed at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has the potential to reduce cost by eliminating the need for rare-earth elements, while simultaneously improving the material’s structural properties.

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Toyota, Nissan Among Automakers Checking Parts Hit by Metals Scandal

Toyota, Nissan Among Automakers Checking Parts Hit by Metals Scandal

Japanese automakers including Toyota, Nissan and Mazda are investigating whether falsely labelled products supplied by Kobe Steel have impacted the safety of their cars.

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