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Miko to restore Bosco Sacile forest

10th Dec 2020

Miko, an Italian subsidiary of US-based Sage Automotive Interiors (member of the Asahi Kasei Group), aims to become climate positive by 2030 by investing in the Bosco Sacile, one of the last ancient forests of the Friuli plain in the Province of Udine and certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). The company will restore and preserve this...

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ESI Group working with Nissan to use CFRP in cars

9th Dec 2020

ESI Group, global player in Virtual Prototyping software and services for industry, is working with Nissan Motor Co to speed up the use of carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP) to make car parts. Light yet extremely strong, CFRP can make cars safer and more fuel-efficient. Commonly used in sectors such as aerospace, CFRP’s use in cars has been...

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EconCore in project to make composite battery housings

27th Nov 2020

EconCore is working with AZL, Audi and others to explore the use of composites in battery housings. The eight-month collaborative project will assess the technical challenges, opportunities, and benefits of developing battery casings for electric vehicles using a variety of materials, including thermoplastics. The project has been established by AZL.

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SGL, Koller producing composite windshield for BMW

24th Nov 2020

SGL Carbon and Koller Kunststofftechnik are jointly producing composite windshield for BMW Group. Replacement of the steel-based windshield with composite component will lead to significant weight reduction of the vehicle. The profiles will be compiled by SGL Carbon at its site in Innkreis, Austria, and processed by the injection molding experts at...

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Kisling develops K-epoxy to better bond carbon parts

13th Nov 2020

Kisling, a Swiss-based manufacturer of adhesives, has come out with a new 2K-epoxy to improve bonding of carbon parts for a variety of applications in the automotive industry. Due to some exceptional features of the ergo. 7440, the Italian sports car manufacturer Ferrari was able to solve a current adhesive issue for a new automobile development.

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Miko's Dinamica helping OEMs meet environment goals

4th Nov 2020

With strong environmental regulations challenging the automotive industry, Dinamica, a sustainable and recyclable premium microfibre suede produced by Miko, has emerged as a source of comfort and luxury, helping the automotive OEMs to achieve environmental goals. The material has been used to cover the interior of well-recognised recent car models.

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Toyobo & Indorama to build automobile airbag yarn plant

2nd Nov 2020

Toyobo is set to build a joint venture firm to produce yarns for automobile airbags with Bangkok-based Indorama Polyester Industries PCL (IPI), a part of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) producer, Indorama Ventures PCL. The joint firm will build a new plant on the IPI factory site in Rayong Province, Thailand, and start operations in first quarter of...

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Sage takes over automotive fabric business of Adient

9th Oct 2020

Sage Automotive Interiors, an Asahi Kasei company, has completed take over of the automotive fabric business of Adient. Sage Automotive Interiors has paid $175 million and received regulatory approvals under the agreement of March 5, 2020. Sage provides automotive interior materials-seating, door panel surfaces, and headliners-to automotive OEMs.

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Nissan finds way to speed up CFRP-car parts production

14th Sep 2020

Nissan has come out with a new production process which speeds up the development of car parts made from carbon fibre reinforced plastics, or CFRP. Lightweight yet extremely strong, the material can be used to make cars that are safer and more fuel efficient. It can also lower a car’s centre of gravity when applied to upper body parts, making it more...

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