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BMW looking to China
In announcing the company?s best financial quarter ever between January and March this year ? and one in which China overtook both the USA and Germany in sales for the first time ? BMW chairman Norbert Reithofer underlined the role that carbon fibres and composites will have in the coming years.
Core performer in Audi panels
The carbon fibre composite side panels of the latest Audi R8 GT super sports car are built around advanced nonwovens which are employed to both significantly reduce weight and create extra stiffness.
Zero permeation cylinders
High pressure cylinders for cars employing compressed natural gas (CNG) can now benefit from zero permeation, cost competitive and lightweight advanced composites.
Recycled carbon car parts
At last week?s JEC Composites show in Paris, NetComposites displayed new automotive brackets made from recycled carbon fibre, developed using a new generation of high performance, low cost co-mingled carbon fibreyams that were the outcome of the recently concluded multi-partner project called Fibrecycle.
World?s lightest carbon fabric
At the forthcoming JEC show in Paris, a new lighter variant of TeXtreme spread tow carbon fabric ? weighing just 43gsm ? will be introduced by Oxeon .?The market has really been pushing for lighter carbon fabrics and we are continuously developing our product range to be able to offer optimised reinforcement solutions,? says Andreas Martsman, the company?s VP for business development.
Teijin opens Michigan centre
Teijin has opened the Teijin Composites Application Centre (TCAC), in Auburn Hills, Michigan, in its push to further develop automotive and other industrial applications for carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP) composites.
All-carbon achievements from Korea
A new all-carbon composite structure for an electric vehicle battery pack module (BPM) cuts the parts required for this component down from 35 to just three.
Gastank's new zero permeation cylinders
High pressure cylinders for vehicles employing compressed natural gas (CNG) for their propulsion can now benefit from zero permeation, cost competitive, lightweight composites.
BMW first for sustainability reporting
BMW, which is leading the initiative to replace steel with carbon fibre composites in passenger cars, was awarded first place for its Sustainable Value Report by the Institute for Ecological Economy Research (I?W) and Future eV, in their 2011 ranking of sustainability reports.
Significant US multi-materials coalition
3M, Altair, BASF, EWI, Material Sciences Corporation, Michelin, Plastic Omnium, PPG Industries, Shiloh Industries and Trexel are among companies supporting the new US Coalition of Automotive Lightweighting Materials (CALM).
 
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