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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.
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