MATERIAL MATTERS

Car Door Life Cycle Assessment

Car Door Life Cycle Assessment

SABIC, a Saudi Arabia-based petrochemical manufacturer, released results of its 2018 life-cycle assessment of car side doors manufactured using hybrid materials. Among these materials were laminates with SABIC’s continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composite (CFRTC), the UDMAX™ GPP 45-70 tape, which was designed to improve compliance with energy and emissions regulations. The assessment compared the side door […]

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EVs Demand Aluminum

By on February 19, 2018 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS
EVs Demand Aluminum

An analysis by the mining-and-metals industry intelligence firm CRU calculates that aluminum demand from the production of electric vehicles (EVs) will near 10-million tons globally by 2030. The report emphasizes that EVs rely heavily on aluminum-intensive extrusions and rolled products as compared to traditional internal combustion engine vehicles. The report forecasts that global battery-electric (BEV), […]

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Recycling Plastic Parts

A recent report from the Plastics Industry Association has results from the first phase of the association’s End-of-Life (ELV) Recycling Demonstration Project. The project examines the viability of collecting and reprocessing plastic auto parts so that they can be recycled into other automotive applications. The project, which will continue into two more phases, looked at […]

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Ford’s Composite Cylinder Strategy

By on February 2, 2018 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS
Ford’s Composite Cylinder Strategy

According to patent applications from the Ford Motor Company, the company is looking to replace metal with composite materials in the manufacture of cylinder heads. Ford has already patented a new hybrid composite cylinder head made up primarily of a polymer composite, rather than iron or aluminum, as reported in recent industry reviews. A fiber-reinforced […]

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Light Seats from Adient

By on February 1, 2018 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS
Light Seats from Adient

Automotive seating supplier Adient continues focusing resources on the development of lightweight-seating technologies for automobiles. That’s a big challenge when one considers passenger safety, comfort and the growing trend toward multi-functional options within seats. As a result, Adient has been concentrating on alternative materials and composites. It reports that, over the last 10 years, it […]

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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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