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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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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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Tesca announces acquisition of Willy Schmitz

3rd Mar 2020

Tesca and Willy Schmitz have announced that they have closed a transaction whereby Tesca is acquiring the business of Willy Schmitz and its operations, located in Germany. Tesca, headquartered in Paris France, is a major supplier of automotive fabrics, value added textile parts and seating components. Financial terms of the transaction were not...

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Autoliv becomes member of Together for Safer Roads

28th Feb 2020

Autoliv has become part of Together for Safer Roads (TSR), a coalition of private sector companies working to prevent traffic crashes, injuries and deaths on roadways. Autoliv will be a member of the Global Leadership Council for Fleet Safety, that uses peer-to-peer knowledge-sharing to help smaller fleet operators create safety cultures and reduce...

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