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Netherlands' company Stahl enables lightweight automotive leathers

6th Apr 2021

Stahl, an advocate of responsible chemistry, has introduced a range of next-generation solutions that enable tanners to produce lightweight automotive leathers without compromising on quality. The lightweight automotive leather delivers weight savings of up to that 30 per cent in a luxury car with a full leather interior, compared with traditional...

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FICCI-KPMG report offers SWOT analysis of Indian tech textile industry

25th Mar 2021

Import dependence for machinery, low awareness about technical textile products, lack of standardisation and related regulation and little domestic manufacturing of specialty fibres are some weaknesses of the Indian technical textile industry identified in a SWOT analysis in a new report by KPMG and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and...

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German company Va-Q-tec, Hutchinson collaborate for insulation

17th Mar 2021

Va-Q-tec, pioneer of highly efficient products for thermal insulation, and Hutchinson are collaborating to develop high-performance, super-efficient insulation solutions to improve thermal management of airplanes and electric vehicles. The strategic partnership provides va-Q-tec's vacuum insulation panels to tap into the automotive and aerospace...

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European Alliance unveils design guides for SMC BMC

28th Jan 2021

The European Alliance for SMC BMC has come out with a series of design guides that explain how these materials can be used, and manufactured in larger production series. SMC and BMC are composite materials ideal for making large, light, and intricate parts that combine structural performance with smooth surface finish. These are now increasingly being...

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New users for EconCore's thermoplastic, honeycomb tech

27th Jan 2021

EconCore's thermoplastic, honeycomb technology is to be used by two large automotive manufacturers. Fynotej has won two contracts to supply annually 120,000m2 of trunk load floors using Fynocore - Fynotej’s continuous honeycomb panel technology, licensed from EconCore in Belgium. One contract is for a new project and the other is for an ongoing...

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Kordsa to supply carbon fibre fabrics to TRB

21st Jan 2021

Reinforcement leader Kordsa has entered into a supplier agreement with British company TRB Lightweight Structures to supply carbon fibre fabrics for mass production of EV battery enclosures. Lightweight composites are key to development of electric vehicles and sustainable transport solutions. Kordsa has been working with industry for sustainable...

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CSP's improved CF-RTM process to be used by automaker

5th Jan 2021

Continental Structural Plastics (CSP) has improved its carbon fibre RTM (CF-RTM) process to the point of perfection. Due to this, a premium automaker has decided to use the technology for closures on future vehicle platforms. These doors will have both inner and outer panels as well as structural reinforcements molded using CSP’s advanced CF-RTM...

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NCC partners with Ford Motor for transit van project

14th Dec 2020

A project that will lighten the weight of Ford Transit vans involving the NCC has been awarded the Innovation in Design award at the Composites UK Industry Awards 2020. Ford, along with partners Gestamp, the NCC and the University of Nottingham, came together to reduce the weight of three components in a Ford Transit, the best-selling van of all time.

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Covestro produces aniline completely from biomass

11th Dec 2020

Covestro aims to increasingly use carbon from biomass to replace fossil resources like crude oil. In such a breakthrough, Covestro and its partners have come out with an award-winning production process to derive aniline completely from biomass. All of the carbon content in this basic chemical is taken from plants, such as feed corn, instead of crude...

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