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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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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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McLaren acquires rights to Elva name for its new car

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...

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Porcher to show thermal & acoustical insulation products

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...

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Asahi Kasei sets up airbag fabric facility in Vietnam

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.

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Ford to produce seamless seat covers with 3D knitting

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...

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Autoneum's technology for environment friendly vehicles

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.

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