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Exel Composites helping Finland reduce CO2

18th Feb 2020

Exel Composites has supplied fibreglass profiles for 33 electric buses to Chinese bus and coach manufacturer Yutong which in turn has delivered these to Helsinki, Finland. Introduction of the electric buses is part of Finland’s goal to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by five million kilograms a year. Light weight fibreglass increases energy efficiency.

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Hennessey makes all carbon fibre chassis for Venom F5

5th Feb 2020

Hennessey has constructed an all carbon fibre chassis for Venom F5. Built entirely of carbon fibre, the all-new ground-up design has been engineered and built to propel the Venom F5 to a top speed of over 500 kilometres per hour. The new F5 chassis is both strong and light weight, and made after an extensive two-year long engineering and development...

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SGL Carbon expands production for graphite components

22nd Jan 2020

Due to continuously increasing demand for advanced solutions and products made from graphite in the automotive sector, SGL Carbon has modernised and expanded its production capacities for specialty graphite automotive components at the Bonn site. As part of this, the company has also constructed a new, large hall for production of the parts.

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SGL Carbon wins contract for battery enclosures

17th Jan 2020

SGL Carbon has won a substantial contract from a North-American automaker for high-volume serial production of carbon and glass fibre-based composite top and bottom layers for battery enclosures. The components' production will begin end of 2020. The carbon fibres and fabrics, and the assembled components come from SGL Carbon's fully integrated value...

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Griffith designs racing car with ATL Composites

10th Jan 2020

Griffith University collaborated with ATL Composites to expand its expertise in composite materials for construction of a vehicle to compete in the Formula SAE Australasia competition, which was held from December 5 to 8 in Winton, Victoria. The event attracts teams from the across the world including UK, Germany, India, Japan, New Zealand and the US.

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BMW iFE.20, first BMW race car using renewable fibres

7th Jan 2020

BMW iFE.20 has become the first BMW race car which has parts made out of renewable textile fibres. Its flax cooling shaft emphasises its great importance as a tech lab for the BMW Group. Compared with carbon, flax has greater absorption and greater impact resistance, which can be advantageous on the street circuits with their bumps and crash barriers.

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BMW Group's Dingolfing plant to produce BMW iNEXT

11th Dec 2019

The BMW Group is investing around 400 million euros in its Dingolfing vehicle plant for producing BMW iNEXT, which will become the plant’s first pure battery-electric vehicle from 2021. The plant has expertise in composite and lightweight construction and has been made capable of handling mix of steel, aluminium and CFRP (carbon fibre reinforced...

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Ford, McDonald's to use coffee bean skin in car parts

11th Dec 2019

Ford and McDonald's have joined hands to convert coffee bean skin into car parts. Coffee chaff, the dried skin of the bean, naturally comes off during roasting. The companies found that chaff can be converted into a durable material to reinforce certain vehicle parts. A major part of coffee chaff from McDonald's in North America is likely to be used by ...

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GM makes Chevrolet Corvette with Vectorply carbon fibre

28th Nov 2019

General Motors (GM) has made the world’s first curved pultruded carbon fibre bumper beam of the new 2020 mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette Stingray with Vectorply carbon non-crimp fabrics. The multi-hollow bumper beam has garnered national attention of its own within the composites industry. Vectorply makes reinforcement fabrics for composite applications.

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