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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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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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Hexcel, Woodward nullify their merger agreement

21st Apr 2020

With increasing economic uncertainties in both the aerospace and industrial sectors due to COVID-19 health crisis, Hexcel and Woodward have mutually agreed to terminate their merger agreement. In January 2020, the two companies had announced their decision to merge to create a premier integrated systems provider to serve the aerospace and industrial...

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Autoliv initiating actions to minimise pandemic impact

6th Apr 2020

Autoliv, leader in vehicle safety systems, is monitoring the evolving COVID-19 pandemic and taking measures to minimise its impact on customers and on the company. Autoliv has tapped $500 million from its revolving credit facility to pay existing short-term debt and for general corporate purposes. The pandemic will have a negative effect on its...

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Sage taking over Adient's automotive fabric business

24th Mar 2020

Sage Automotive Interiors (an Asahi Kasei company) is taking over the automotive fabric business of Adient to expand capacity and capability for automotive interior products to the European market. With several locations in Europe, the textile facilities are suited for the company to supply the automotive cut and sew facilities in Central and Eastern...

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German project produces child safer seat headrest

16th Mar 2020

Scientists under a transnational project, funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, have produced a child seat headrest as a technology demonstrator with significant weight reduction. The team used Tepex continuous-fibre-reinforced thermoplastic composite materials from Lanxess to show their potential in lightweight...

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Covestro, Toyota developing composite material for LQ

11th Mar 2020

Covestro and Toyota Boshoku, a car component manufacturer of the Japanese Toyota Group, are jointly developing a new polyurethane composite material for the new electric concept car "LQ" developed by Toyota Motor. The material is based on a combination of Covestro's advanced Baypreg F NF technology and Toyota Boshoku's expertise in using kenaf fibres.

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Audi using PET bottles in upholstery

4th Mar 2020

For the first time, Audi has used seat upholstery made from recycled material in its fourth generation A3. Secondary raw materials are being used. Up to 89 per cent of the textile used is from recycled PET bottles, which are made into yarn. This results in fabrics that give the same quality in terms of look and feel as conventional textile upholstery.

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