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Germany’s STS Group setting up its first US manufacturing facility

20th Apr 2021

STS Group, a system supplier of interior and exterior parts for commercial vehicles, is setting up its first US manufacturing facility in Wythe County’s Progress Park with an investment of $39 million. The facility will supply Volvo Trucks in Pulaski County and other truck and automotive facilities throughout the Midwest and Southeastern US markets.

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Italian company Bucci completes production of full C wheel rim

15th Apr 2021

Bucci Composites, leader in the design, development and manufacturing of structural and aesthetic components in composite materials for the automotive, aerospace, industrial and marine sectors, has completed production of a full carbon wheel rim. The wheel has also passed the rigorous TÜV test procedure, moving one step closer to its imminent market...

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FICCI-KPMG report offers SWOT analysis of Indian tech textile industry

25th Mar 2021

Import dependence for machinery, low awareness about technical textile products, lack of standardisation and related regulation and little domestic manufacturing of specialty fibres are some weaknesses of the Indian technical textile industry identified in a SWOT analysis in a new report by KPMG and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and...

German chem company BASF unveils carbon fibre reinforced PPA grades

17th Mar 2021

BASF is adding to polyphthalamide (PPA) portfolio of Ultramid Advanced by unveiling carbon-fibre reinforced grades with fillings of 20, 30 and 40 per cent. The new materials make for extremely lightweight parts, and can safely replace aluminium and magnesium without loss in stiffness and strength. These can be used to manufacture automotive structural...

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German company Va-Q-tec, Hutchinson collaborate for insulation

17th Mar 2021

Va-Q-tec, pioneer of highly efficient products for thermal insulation, and Hutchinson are collaborating to develop high-performance, super-efficient insulation solutions to improve thermal management of airplanes and electric vehicles. The strategic partnership provides va-Q-tec's vacuum insulation panels to tap into the automotive and aerospace...

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European Alliance unveils design guides for SMC BMC

28th Jan 2021

The European Alliance for SMC BMC has come out with a series of design guides that explain how these materials can be used, and manufactured in larger production series. SMC and BMC are composite materials ideal for making large, light, and intricate parts that combine structural performance with smooth surface finish. These are now increasingly being...

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New users for EconCore's thermoplastic, honeycomb tech

27th Jan 2021

EconCore's thermoplastic, honeycomb technology is to be used by two large automotive manufacturers. Fynotej has won two contracts to supply annually 120,000m2 of trunk load floors using Fynocore - Fynotej’s continuous honeycomb panel technology, licensed from EconCore in Belgium. One contract is for a new project and the other is for an ongoing...

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Kordsa to supply carbon fibre fabrics to TRB

21st Jan 2021

Reinforcement leader Kordsa has entered into a supplier agreement with British company TRB Lightweight Structures to supply carbon fibre fabrics for mass production of EV battery enclosures. Lightweight composites are key to development of electric vehicles and sustainable transport solutions. Kordsa has been working with industry for sustainable...

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CSP's improved CF-RTM process to be used by automaker

5th Jan 2021

Continental Structural Plastics (CSP) has improved its carbon fibre RTM (CF-RTM) process to the point of perfection. Due to this, a premium automaker has decided to use the technology for closures on future vehicle platforms. These doors will have both inner and outer panels as well as structural reinforcements molded using CSP’s advanced CF-RTM...

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