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DSM-backed solar challenger
DSM?s styrene-free Daron resins ? optimised for use with the latest Textreme carbon fibre spread tow reinforcements ? were employed to make the composites for the Nuna7 solar vehicle that will compete in the 12th edition of the World Solar Challenge in October.
Lightweighting design at DuPont
DuPont is collaborating with the automotive industry in developing lighter weight components that meet performance requirements with the emphasis on smart design.
Lightweight composites centre
The new ?2.3 million complex being built by WMG at the University of Warwick aims to enable the West Midlands? automotive supply chain to exploit the opportunities offered by lightweight vehicle technologies.
Natural advantages with Acrodur
Wood, flax, hemp, jute, sisal, kenaf and cork are increasingly gaining importance in the composites industry, especially in the automotive sector.And environmental friendliness, cost-effectiveness, functionality and quality are the keys to their adoption, says BASF.
Colour supplements from Prodrive
A proprietary manufacturing process has been developed by UK automotive engineering consultancy and precision manufacturing specialist Prodrive to produce advanced composite components in a range of stunning, deep-lustre colours.
Carbon SMC for lightweighting applications
Leading Tier 1 supplier Magna Exteriors and Interiors (MEI) is teaming up with Zoltek to provide new carbon fibre composite parts and systems for high-volume automotive applications.
Bio-based polyamide for Mercedes
Mercedes has chosen a high performance polyamide largely made from renewable resources for the engine beauty cover of the brand-new A-Class.Around 70% of the raw materials used to make the polyamide 410 in DSM?s EcoPaXX Q-HGM24 reinforced compound are derived from the castor plant.
Special recognition for BMW at JEC Composites
A special Innovation Award will be made to BMW at the forthcoming JEC Composites show in Paris (March 12-14) in recognition of its pioneering i LifeDrive programme.
Award for French body development
ECM of France will receive the Automotive Innovation Award at the forthcoming JEC Composites show in Paris (March 12-14) for its new self-supporting composite structure for a light urban electric vehicle.
Johnson Controls to debut new CHyM process
At the forthcoming 2013 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit from January 14-27, Johnson Controls will debut its lightweight Compression Hybrid Molding (CHyM) process technology in a door panel substrate component.
TenCate qualifies for auto OEM
TenCate Advanced Composites has qualified to supply carbon fibre-reinforced thermoplastic composite material to a leading global automotive customer.The customer-specific development phase for a structural application has been completed and structural integrity tests of the final product have begun, TenCate reports.
Speeding up the tape laying process
The production of composites by tape laying offers several advantages which have been demonstrated recently by scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology ICT in Pfinztal, Germany.
Breaking the three minute barrier
At this week?s JEC Americas show in Boston, Roctool has been demonstrating how it is now possible to develop an ultra-thin carbon fibre composite part in just two minutes and 30 seconds with its 3iTech technology.
TenCate and BASF target automotive
TenCate Advanced Composites and BASF have entered into a strategic alliance with the aim of rapidly commercialising new thermoplastic composite materials suitable for high-volume automotive production.
European consortium for automotive
The newly-formed European Thermoplastic Automotive Composites consortium (eTAC) is aiming to promote the increased use of composites in the mass automotive market.
BASF and SGL seek rapid RTM material
BASF and the SGL Group are to jointly develop composites based on a reactive polyamide system and suitable carbon fibres.The intention is to use them in the T-RTM (thermoplastic resin transfer moulding) and reactive injection moulding processes to achieve significantly shorter processing cycles than conventional thermosetting RTM.
Metal replacement compounds for automotive
New thermally conductive compounds targeted at replacing metal components in automotive heating and cooling systems are being introduced by RTP Company, of Winona, Minnesota, USA.
Sharkskin style for first 3D printed racer
An electric drive frame, a seat made from flax-based composites and a ?sharkskin? nose add distinctive style to the first racing car with a body which has been entirely 3D printed.
Cytec links with Jaguar Land Rover
Cytec Industries has announced a strategic collaboration with Jaguar Land Rover to develop designs, materials and manufacturing concepts for the cost-effective use of composites for automotive structures.
Fuel efficiency boost for US
A big opportunity for composites in the lightweighting of vehicles is anticipated in the USA, as a result of the imminent standards for vehicles which are aimed at getting and average of 54.
SABIC increases Stamax capacity
SABIC Innovative Plastics is to significantly boost capacity for its Stamax long glass fibre-filled polypropylene (LGFPP) composite resins at its manufacturing facility in Genk, Belgium, to meet rapidly growing demand from automotive customers.
Faurecia buys Sora Composites
Faurecia, the world?s sixth largest supplier of components to the automotive industry, primarily interiors, is the latest major player to eneter the lightweight composites field.
LCA highlights recycled polyamide gains
A life cycle assessment (LCA) of recycled polyamide for automotive applications has been validated jointly by engineering plastics developer Rhodia, Valeo, one of the world?s top automotive suppliers and car-maker PSA Peugeot Citro?n.
First place for Chalmers and TeXtreme
The 2012 Formula Student UK competitions resulted in a victory for the Chalmers Formula Student team from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, in car with a body made almost entirely from carbon fibre composites reinforced withOxeon?s TeXtreme spread tow fabrics.
Composite wheels cut weight in half
What is believed to be the world?s first one-piece carbon fibre composite car wheel has been developed by Australian company Carbon Revolution.The composite wheels are 40-50% lighter than premium OEM equivalents made from aluminium and have already demonstrated improvements in acceleration, braking, ride quality and handling.
Joint BMW and Toyota projects
Carbon fibre composites will be high on the agenda in a new strategic collaboration announced between BMW and Toyota.The two companies are cementing their relationship to pursue the joint development of a new fuel cell system and of architecture and components for a future sports vehicle, in addition to collaborating on powertrain electrification and new lightweight technologies.
Natural acceleration
Johnson Controls Automotive Experience (AE) is leading the field in pioneering the use of natural fibre nonwovens and recyclable composites in vehicles.
Complex parts for turbocharging
Following on from diesel engines, in Europe, turbocharging is now considered a critical technology for powertrain development for today?s downsized petrol engines ? where performance and power output must be guaranteed.
Electric warriors
Nonwovens recycled from carbon fibre composites have a significant role to play in BMW?s push for the next generation of smarter cars.The i3 and i8 electric vehicles which are scheduled to begin series production in 2013 have seen car giant BMW make one of its boldest step-changes in recent history ? and as one consequence, it has even become a member of the Bavarian Textile Manufacturers? Association.
Wood process transfers to carbon
Johnson Controls has developed a new liquid resin press moulding technique which will enable series production of carbon composites for exterior body parts.
BMW looking to China
In announcing the company?s best financial quarter ever between January and March this year ? and one in which China overtook both the USA and Germany in sales for the first time ? BMW chairman Norbert Reithofer underlined the role that carbon fibres and composites will have in the coming years.
Core performer in Audi panels
The carbon fibre composite side panels of the latest Audi R8 GT super sports car are built around advanced nonwovens which are employed to both significantly reduce weight and create extra stiffness.
Zero permeation cylinders
High pressure cylinders for cars employing compressed natural gas (CNG) can now benefit from zero permeation, cost competitive and lightweight advanced composites.
Recycled carbon car parts
At last week?s JEC Composites show in Paris, NetComposites displayed new automotive brackets made from recycled carbon fibre, developed using a new generation of high performance, low cost co-mingled carbon fibreyams that were the outcome of the recently concluded multi-partner project called Fibrecycle.
World?s lightest carbon fabric
At the forthcoming JEC show in Paris, a new lighter variant of TeXtreme spread tow carbon fabric ? weighing just 43gsm ? will be introduced by Oxeon .?The market has really been pushing for lighter carbon fabrics and we are continuously developing our product range to be able to offer optimised reinforcement solutions,? says Andreas Martsman, the company?s VP for business development.
Teijin opens Michigan centre
Teijin has opened the Teijin Composites Application Centre (TCAC), in Auburn Hills, Michigan, in its push to further develop automotive and other industrial applications for carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP) composites.
All-carbon achievements from Korea
A new all-carbon composite structure for an electric vehicle battery pack module (BPM) cuts the parts required for this component down from 35 to just three.
Gastank's new zero permeation cylinders
High pressure cylinders for vehicles employing compressed natural gas (CNG) for their propulsion can now benefit from zero permeation, cost competitive, lightweight composites.
BMW first for sustainability reporting
BMW, which is leading the initiative to replace steel with carbon fibre composites in passenger cars, was awarded first place for its Sustainable Value Report by the Institute for Ecological Economy Research (I?W) and Future eV, in their 2011 ranking of sustainability reports.
Significant US multi-materials coalition
3M, Altair, BASF, EWI, Material Sciences Corporation, Michelin, Plastic Omnium, PPG Industries, Shiloh Industries and Trexel are among companies supporting the new US Coalition of Automotive Lightweighting Materials (CALM).
Ford recycling and water initiatives
Ford plans to divert about two million post-consumer plastic bottles for use in the new Focus Electric and other new vehicles in 2012.The Focus Electric?s interior is made from 100% clean materials, including Unifi?s recycled Repreve PET for the seating fabrics, soy foam seat cushions and head restraints, wheat straw-filled components, castor oil foam in instrument panels, recycled resins for underbody systems and natural-fibre nonwoven-based composites for interior components.
Dicing with danger at Dakar
At this month?s 2012 Dakar Rally, the Pewano XC60 RR was unable to fully demonstrate the advantages of its frame based on carbon fibre composites when it unexpectedly burst into flames.
Accelerating CFRTP for cars
Tokyo-headquartered Teijin is to build a pilot plant for the ultra-rapid and fully integrated mass production of new carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP) composites.
Success with coconut composites
Maybach, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen are currently employing coconut fibre nonwovens in natural latex-bonded composites. They are finding use as seat backs and head rests on a number of their vehicles.
BMW equipped by KraussMaffei
KraussMaffei has received a significant order from BMW to supply a large number of injection moulding, reaction process and automation machines and systems.
CMC braided exhaust manifold
Braiding technology allows complex geometries such as exhaust manifolds to be efforlessly shaped into composite parts which have superior mechanical properties compared to other textile structures.
Audi instigates new lightweighting project
Australian composites manufacturer Quickstep Holdings will lead a joint development project supported by the German government and leading car manufacturer Audi to develop new manufacturing solutions for the cost effective volume production of composite parts for the automotive industry.
BMW stake in SGL
BMW AG has secured a 15.16% stake in SGL Carbon, strengthening its focus on lightweight construction and the use of carbon composites in carmanufacturing.
Holistic approach at BMW
BMW has hired a total of 3,500 engineers and other specialists in the fields of electro-mobility and carbon fibre composites so far this year.Announcing record sales of more than 1.
3B extends LFT to polyamide
3B is introducing a new direct single-end roving for long fibre thermoplastic polyamide (LFT PA) composites.SE4535 is now commercially available globally and complements the existing and successful SE4220 dedicated to LFT PP (polypropylene) compounds.
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