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i3 series production underway at BMW
Series production of the BMW i3 ? the world?s first purpose-designed electric vehicle ? began last weekTo date, BMW has invested a total of around ?600 million in the i production network and generated over 1,500 jobs in the process and stresses that exceptionally high standards of sustainability and resource efficiency have been achieved in the selection of materials and production processes employed.
Automotive debuts from Gurit
Gurit launched a new range of composite materials for the automotive industry at last week?s Composites Europe in Stuttgart.The company?s SC 110 is a new cosmetic grade prepreg that explois a high clarity, versatile hot-melt epoxy resin formulation.
Twin mould process for interiors
The DirectCoating technology developed by Germany?s KraussMaffei in collaboration with Bayer MaterialScience is a new approach for reducing the cost of high quality automotive interiors.
Wheels beyond steel
TenCate Advanced Composites has signed a new cooperation agreement with Kringlan Composites AG, based in Otelfingen, Switzerland, to develop new technolgy for thermoplastic composite parts.
Ford adds rice hulls to the mix
Ford?s latest F-150 ? already America?s best-selling truck ? is now being built with a range of renewable and reyclable materials, with the latest being rice hulls ? a byproduct of rice grain.
CFRP roof for the M6 Gran Coupe
BMW continues to champion the use of composites and is now employing them in the contoured roof of its M6 Gran Coupe, made with Hexcel?s PrimeTex woven carbon fabric.
Premier of the new carbon BMW i3
Marking the next stage in the development of the market for carbon fibre composites, the BMW i3 will be simultaneously premiered in New York, London and Beijing next Monday (July 29), at 14.
Ultra-light carbon for the Solar Challenge
Teijin Group companies Toho Tenax and GH Craft have supported Japan?s Kogakuin University in developing a car made with carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) for the 2013 World Solar Challenge, the world?s biggest solar car race which will take place in Australia from October 6 to 13.
US foothold for Toray
Toray Industries has acquired a 20% stake in Plasan Carbon Composites (PCC), a US manufacturer and distributor of auto parts based on carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP).
Considering the carbon challenges
Bentley, Jaguar Land Rover, Cytec and Zoltek Corporation are among the companies who will make presentations at the forthcoming GO CarbonFiber 2013 conference to be held at the Arctic Club in Seattle, Washington fro October 8-10.
 
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