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Japanese firm Suminoe Textile's FY21 sales fall 13% to ¥79 bn

28th Jul 2021

With lacklustre sales of commercial carpet tiles and wall coverings and drop in domestic and overseas automobile related sales due to global economic slowdown, Suminoe Textile, a Japanese manufacturer and seller of interior products, posted 12.9 per cent fall in its sales to ¥79.7 billion during FY21 ended on May 31, 2021, against ¥91.5 billion in FY20.

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Swedish company Hexagon to help McLaren Racing improve Formula 1 cars

21st Jul 2021

E-Xstream engineering, part of Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division, has been chosen by McLaren Racing to provide materials data management for its Formula 1 cars. The historic racing team uses advanced materials to get optimal performance from its race cars. The team has selected the MaterialCenter materials lifecycle management system.

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Canada's Loop Energy to fuel M&I's lightweight zero-emission bus

2nd Jul 2021

Loop Energy, a developer and manufacturer of hydrogen fuel cell-based solutions, is to provide its proprietary fuel cell modules to Slovakia-based Mobility & Innovation (M&I) for its lightweight and zero-emission city bus platform. Loop can deliver power and enable a smaller fuel storage system without compromising the weight or range of the bus.

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Switzerland’s Autoneum, Belgian’s FFT partner on vehicle acoustics

16th Jun 2021

Autoneum is partnering with software company Free Field Technologies (FFT), under which Autoneum’s acoustic simulation methods for vehicle acoustics get incorporated into FFT’s modeling software, Actran. Simulation software and computer-aided engineering (CAE) not only improve the acoustic performance, but also accelerate designing process of new...

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US’ Hexion, Rassini work on composite leaf spring in Ford’s new model

8th Jun 2021

Hexion has worked with Rassini for composite leaf spring application in Ford’s new model of the F-150 pickup truck. Rassini has developed the hybrid rear suspension, which comprises a parabolic main steel leaf supported by a composite helper. It has used Hexion’s Epikote epoxy resin system since it enables mass production of the composite helper spring.

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Bercella, Formula Seven partner to develop seat with natural materials

24th May 2021

Bercella and Formula Seven have partnered to develop an innovative seat for Formula SAE single-seaters. The initiative utilises 100 per cent natural materials, and indicates that greener materials can be reliable on an engineering level. The seat has been made using flax fibre, which besides being eco-friendly, is also impact and corrosion resistant.

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French companies Carbios, Michelin move close to sustainable tyres

5th May 2021

Carbios, a company pioneering new bio-industrial solutions to reinvent the lifecycle of plastic and textile polymers, and Michelin, a leader in sustainable mobility, have moved closer to developing 100 per cent sustainable tyres. Michelin has validated Carbios’ enzymatic recycling process for PET plastic waste, to create a high tenacity tyre fibre.

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Origin Materials, Solvay work for materials towards zero carbon car

3rd May 2021

Origin Materials, a leading carbon negative materials company, and Solvay, a global leader in chemicals and materials, have joined hands to develop and industrialise advanced materials built on the Origin Materials carbon-negative technology platform for the automotive industry. The two believe the newly developed materials will be in high demand.

Germany’s STS Group setting up its first US manufacturing facility

20th Apr 2021

STS Group, a system supplier of interior and exterior parts for commercial vehicles, is setting up its first US manufacturing facility in Wythe County’s Progress Park with an investment of $39 million. The facility will supply Volvo Trucks in Pulaski County and other truck and automotive facilities throughout the Midwest and Southeastern US markets.

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