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...
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 ...
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.
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.
25th Nov 2019
McLaren Automotive has acquired rights to the Elva name for its new Ultimate Series roadster, the McLaren Elva. It is the brand's first open-cockpit road car. The two-seater celebrates Bruce McLaren-designed 1960s McLaren-Elva sportscars that embody McLaren's pioneering design and engineering principles. Just 399 cars are being offered for customer...
18th Nov 2019
Porcher Industries will showcase a complete range of high performance thermal and acoustical insulation products at Annual Automotive Exhaust Systems Summit to be held in Dusseldorf from November 28-29. The products - Techmat, SilcoSoft & ThermoShield materials, are nonwoven textiles found in key areas of both hot and cold ends of vehicle exhaust...
16th Nov 2019
Asahi Kasei Advance Corp has established Asahi Kasei Advance Vietnam Corp in Hung Yen province near Hanoi, Vietnam. The new facility is expected to start in March 2020 and will manufacture sewing fabric for airbags. Entry into the airbag fabric sewing business marks an expansion of Asahi Kasei’s airbag-related business for greater earnings.
13th Nov 2019
Ford Motor is introducing technology to produce seamless seat covers with 3D knitting. Employing production techniques found in manufacture of running shoes, clothing and furniture, Ford is exploring the opportunity for customers to design their own seat covers, add bespoke touches such as pockets and padding, and use more breathable materials for...
8th Nov 2019
Autoneum has unveiled Hybrid-Acoustics PET - innovation for lighter, quieter and more environment-friendly vehicles. Components made of Hybrid-Acoustics PET use only PET, which is largely obtained from recycled fibres, providing environment-friendly mobility option. The innovation is based on a fibre material that acts both as insulator and absorber.