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Sage takes over automotive fabric business of Adient

9th Oct 2020

Sage Automotive Interiors, an Asahi Kasei company, has completed take over of the automotive fabric business of Adient. Sage Automotive Interiors has paid $175 million and received regulatory approvals under the agreement of March 5, 2020. Sage provides automotive interior materials-seating, door panel surfaces, and headliners-to automotive OEMs.

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Nissan finds way to speed up CFRP-car parts production

14th Sep 2020

Nissan has come out with a new production process which speeds up the development of car parts made from carbon fibre reinforced plastics, or CFRP. Lightweight yet extremely strong, the material can be used to make cars that are safer and more fuel efficient. It can also lower a car’s centre of gravity when applied to upper body parts, making it more...

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McLaren works with Bcomp to make natural fibre seat

7th Sep 2020

McLaren has collaborated with Swiss sustainable lightweighting specialist Bcomp to develop F1's first natural fibre composite racing seat for Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris. This is the first F1 car part to be made of renewable textile fibres. The seat has been created by optimising the mechanical properties of flax fibres through fabric architecture.

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Hexagon Purus to supply composite cylinders for NE Asia

28th Aug 2020

Hexagon Purus, a subsidiary of Hexagon Composites, will supply composite cylinders to a leading Fuel Cell Vehicles (FCEVs) company in Northeast Asia for its zero-emission Fuel Cell Electric SUV. The cylinders will be installed in the vehicle model starting 2022. The first prototypes of the 700 bar high-pressure cylinders are to be delivered by this...

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Chemical Guys unveils hydrophobic textile coating

22nd Aug 2020

Chemical Guys, a lifestyle brand for automotive detailing enthusiasts and professionals, has unveiled HydroThread Ceramic Fabric Protectant and Stain Repellant, a highly-advanced hydrophobic stain guard and textile coating for automotive interiors. It provides protection for a variety of vehicle and household fabrics, such as seats, carpets, and floor...

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Lanxess to present lightweight solutions at VDI show

4th Jul 2020

Specialty chemicals company Lanxess will showcase lightweight solutions based on its Tepex-branded continuous-fibre-reinforced thermoplastic composites for brake pedals as well as structural components of the vehicle body and high-voltage battery at the VDI Congress - Plastics in Automotive Engineering - to be held virtually due to the Corona pandemic.

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Toray’s prepreg resin system is flame-retardant

3rd Jun 2020

Toray Advanced Composites' Toray TC346 prepreg resin system for high-end motorsports has passed the SFI 56.1 and UL94 V0 flame-retardancy tests. The passing of these stringent flame-retardancy tests means Toray TC346 system satisfies the rigorous demands of the Formula One, NASCAR, and other high performance automotive and motorsport markets.

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TTI makes curved carbon fibre rear bumper for sports car

20th May 2020

Thomas Technik & Innovation (TTI), producer of pultruded fibre-reinforced curved and straight profiles, has collaborated with Shape, for the development of a curved carbon fibre rear bumper beam for the latest Chevrolet Corvette Stingray sports car. Shape is a US-based Tier 1 supplier of metallic body structure components, plastic parts, and bumper...

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Flight Design uses Hexcel carbon fibre prepreg in aircraft

22nd Apr 2020

German ultralight aircraft specialist, Flight Design, has chosen Hexcel as its key supplier adopting low-temperature curing prepreg into its aircraft production. Hexcel’s HexPly M79 carbon fibre prepregs deliver a more consistent final product by ensuring constant material quality and processing parameters and produce a lighter aircraft at better cost.

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