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A new spring in Audi?s step
Car manufacturer Audi will introduce new, lightweight suspension springs made of glass fibre-reinforced polymer (GFRP) in an upper mid-size model before the end of the year.
Composites-rich new train parts
At the forthcoming InnoTrans trade fair for the transport technology industry which takes place in Berlin from September 23-26, Voith will introduce a lateral energy absorber for trains made from glass fibre composites and aluminum.
More power to the pedal
The Human Power team at Delft and Amsterdam University are looking to break the world speed cycling record of 133.78 km/h set by their member Sebastiaan Bowier last year with the composites-intensive VeloX3 recumbent.
New carbon fibre for thermoplastics
SGL Group has started the production of thermoplastic-compatible carbon fibres at its Muir of Ord site in Scotland.
A first for flax
It?s not often that a bio-sourced composite outperforms all the affordable competition in a structural application but this is the case with FibriCard.
AZL contract with Toyota
The Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) in Germany is expanding its strategic partnership with automotive manufacturer Toyota.?
Ford introduces ?tomato fibre?
No ?one-size-fits-all? for Ford
Composites take a back seat to new high-strength steel and aluminum alloys in Ford?s latest lightweight concept vehicle, the F-150.
Project aims at PLA truck cabins
Trucks with biodegradable cabins could soon be appearing on European roads as the result of a new research project, which aims to replace ABS-injected cabin parts with composites derived from renewable raw materials.
Rapid expansion at Moses Lake
With a further investment of $200 million on top of the $100 million announced only in April this year, the BMW/SGL joint venture in Moses Lake, Washington, USA, is intending to rapidly become the world?s largest carbon fibre manufacturing plant by early 2015.
 
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