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Covestro produces lightweight seat back for ENO.146

23rd Jan 2020

Covestro has joined hands with the Research and Development Centre of Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC R and D Center) to make a lightweight composite seat back for the Chinese car manufacturer's latest electric concept car, ENO.146. The backrests of the two front seats are made of Maezio CFRTP, the reinforced thermoplastic composite material from...

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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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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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Solvay & Penso make lightweight structures for automobiles

27th Nov 2019

Solvay and Penso, which provides engineering service to customers, have successfully developed the composite design, material and manufacturing technologies required to create a modular, multi-material body-in-white structure suited for large production volume in automobiles. Solvay provides technologically advanced lightweighting material solutions.

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India initiates review of duty on Chinese tyre cord fabric

26th Nov 2019

India's ministry of commerce and industry has initiated a sunset review of anti-dumping duty imposed on imports of nylon tyre cord fabric from China. The Association of Synthetic Fibre Industry, on behalf of SRF Ltd and Century Enka Ltd, had filed a review petition for continued imposition of the duty on imports of nylon tyre cord fabric from China.

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