John Pellettieri

Observations on Lightweighting at Great Designs in Steel

By on August 3, 2019 in MATERIAL MATTERS
Observations on Lightweighting at Great Designs in Steel

As a lightweighting consultant in automotive, defense and commercial trucking, I follow the information flow. A great place to do that is at the annual Great Designs in Steel (GDIS). Its focus is on steel and the innovations in material development, processing, applications and vehicle performance. This mid-May event is well-organized and extremely well attended. […]

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Reinforcing the Trends in Lightweighting

By on August 2, 2019 in MATERIAL MATTERS
Reinforcing the Trends in Lightweighting

Adding NVH and crash performance The challenges in vehicle design and assembly are getting bigger. Lightweight construction, increasing requirements for crash safety, cost pressures, design of derivative car models on the same platform, material flexibility and shortened development times are aspects that are often difficult to reconcile. Added to the equation, efforts to reduce mass […]

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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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New High-Performance Aluminum Extrusion Alloys

By on July 31, 2019 in MATERIAL MATTERS
New High-Performance Aluminum Extrusion Alloys

Two alloy families generating interest due to unique performance properties. Automakers have relied on aluminum since the industry began. In 1899, a sports car with an aluminum body was introduced at the Berlin International Motor Show. In 1901, Carl Benz designed the first engine with aluminum parts. But it took the metal’s cost to drop […]

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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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Considering Component Lightweighting Solutions for Automotive Applications

By on July 28, 2019 in MATERIAL MATTERS
Considering Component Lightweighting Solutions for Automotive Applications

Smoggy cities, roller-coaster gas prices, environmental concerns over fracing and offshore drilling—there are many reasons to increase fuel efficiency in both passenger and commercial vehicles. One of the best ways to do this is by reducing vehicle weight. Lighter cars mean consumers use less fuel, and less fuel means cleaner air and reduced dependence on […]

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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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Lightweighting Pushes AHSS Market

Lightweighting Pushes AHSS Market

A study published by Fact.MR takes a look at the advanced high-strength steel (AHSS) market. They expect applications for AHSS to rise in automobiles. The role of advanced high-strength steel will become crucial in enhancing fuel economy, crash safety and engine performance, making it a practical investment in the automotive sector. The demand for advanced […]

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