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Faurecia to supply flax panels for VW Golf
PUEBLA ? The front end and door systems of the new Volkswagen Golf ? to be launched next year ? will include inserts made of 50 per cent polypropylene and 50 per cent flax composites, supplied by Faurecia Automotive Exteriors in its first production contract in Mexico.
Magna secures carbon contracts
Magna International reports that its Exteriors business has been awarded new contracts to supply painted automotive body panels made from carbon fibre composites for two 2016 model-year vehicles.
Clever combinations from Porsche
The underbody of the new Porsche 918 Spyder ? winner of the JEC 2014 Innovation Award in the Automotive category ? is characterised by a dynamic combination of composite materials and construction.
Auto focus for Formax
At last week?s JEC Composites show in Paris, Formax announced the opening of a new automotive production unit at its headquarters in Leicester, UK.
Carbon monocoque for the Alfa Romeo 4C
The Adler Group, based in Ottaviano, Italy, is to employ carbon fibre composite prepreg material from TenCate Advanced Composites in building the chassis of the Alfa Romeo 4C.
Tier 1 leader enters the bioplastics arena
Magna International ? the leading Tier 1 supplier to the automotive industry which is anticipating 2014 sales of between $33-35 billion ? is getting pretty excited about a new kind of bioplastic.
Lamborghini behind sports innovation
Union Binding Company, which is based in Colico, Italy and Seattle, USA, teamed up with the Lamborghini Advanced Composite Structures Laboratory to develop a new binding technology for snowboards.
Faurecia takes composites to Detroit
Along with innovations such as instrument panels with retractable screens, a gesture-activated glove box and noise-cancelling speakers in the exhaust system, Faurecia is displaying a range of developments in automotive composites at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) which started on January 13th and runs until the 26th in Detroit, Michigan.
Lighter body panels aid Spanish Rally success
Two Suzuki S1600 rally cars with custom designed light weight composite body kits secured winner and runner up positions in the 2013 Spanish Rally Championship.
Automotive focus for Dupont
DuPont has appointed a new global automotive technology director charged with bringing the breadth of the company?s advanced materials and renewably-sourced materials and fuels to the auto industry as it continues to develop low emission, fuel efficient vehicles that are safe and affordable.
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