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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.
 
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