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Automotive

Gurit has sold its automotive business (Gurit Hungary Kft in Székesfehérvár) to composite-parts manufacturer Carbopress SpA.

A lightweight seatback for a sportscar has been produced from a combination of carbon fibre-reinforced prepreg and wood fibre-reinforced plastic by Hexcel and NaCa Systems.

A company dedicated to the research and development (R&D), testing and sale of composite and multimaterial automotive components is to be established in Wuppertal, Germany, by Teijin.

Volkswagen (VW)’s first innovation hub in North America is to be opened at the University of Tennessee (UT) Research Park in Knoxville, USA.

Carbon fibre-reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP) backrests have been developed for Guangzhou Automobile Group Co (GAC) Ltd’s ENO.146 electric concept car by the carmaker’s research and development (R&

A substantial contract for the high-volume production of carbon fibre-reinforced and glass fibre-reinforced plastic cover plates for battery enclosures has been awarded to SGL Carbon of Wiesbaden,

In preparation for the production of its fully electric iNEXT car, the BMW Group is investing around €400 million in its largest European production plant in Dingolfing, Germany.  

Glass fibre-reinforced plastic (GFRP) longitudinal leaf springs are being used for the first time by Ford of Dearborn, Michigan, USA.

Ways in which composites could be used to increase the power density, and reduce the size, of the integrated electric drive units (EDUs) for electric vehicles (EVs) are to be investigated by a part

A by-product from the roasting of coffee beans could soon be used in the manufacture of automotive parts such as headlamp housings.

Composite electrodes for structural supercapacitors have been developed by researchers at Texas A&M University of College Station, USA.

Plastic Omnium of Levallois, France, reports that it has won a significant order from a German manufacturer for the development of 35-MPa (350-bar) hydrogen-storage tanks for use in buses.

An automated assembly line for the manufacture of bodies for lightweight commercial vehicles for the home-delivery sector from carbon fibre-reinforced plastics (CFRPs) has been unveiled by Penso of

Multiaxial fabrics from Vectorply are being used to manufacture the pultruded carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) bumper beam for General Motors Co’s 2020 mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.

A lightweight textile made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) fibres that can both block and absorb sound waves has been developed for use in automotive engine bays by Autoneum of Winterthur, Sw

A simplified front-end part for motor vehicles has been developed by Porsche of Stuttgart, Germany.

Gurit is to close its automotive production site in Székesfehérvár, Hungary, in mid-2020.

A range of flax fibre-reinforced epoxy prepregs for use in motorsport applications has been introduced by Composites Evolution of Chesterfield, UK.

A pair of carbon fibre-reinforced polypropylenes (PPs) has been developed for use in automotive applications by Borealis of Vienna, Austria.

Plans to raise £5 million of growth capital in the next year have been announced  by carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) wheel manufacturer Dymag of Chippenham, UK, as it looks to construct a ne

Resin supplier Scott Bader of Wellingborough, UK, has revealed that its urethane acrylate resins are being used to produce the automotive industry’s first curved pultruded carbon fibre-reinforced p

Supplier of composite components to the automotive industry, Continental Structural Plastics (CSP) has broken ground on a new manufacturing facility in Seguin, Texas, USA.

Collaborative research into the design and manufacture of strong and lightweight materials for use by the automotive sector will be undertaken in the USA by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and

Henkel of Düsseldorf, Germany, has reached a strategic material supply agreement with manufacturer of one-piece carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) wheels Carbon Revolution of Geelong, Victoria,

A commercially viable all-composite wheel for electric and niche vehicles, such as driverless cars, last-mile delivery vehicles, road sweepers and agricultural vehicles, is being developed by a con

Fibre-reinforced polyamides (PAs) from Lanxess have been used by L&L Products to reinforce a steel insert for the A-pillars of Porsche’s convertibles and roadsters.

Voith Composites and HRC are to work together to develop next-generation high-pressure hydrogen vessels for fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).

A carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) suspension link that is 45% lighter in weight than aluminium versions has been designed and manufactured for a high-end carmaker by Shape Machining Ltd of W

Continuous carbon fibre-reinforced polycarbonates (PCs) from Covestro are being used to produce parts of the wheels for NIO's ES6 and ES8 electric sports utility vehicles (SUVs).

A battery pack with high energy- and power-densities that features an exoskeleton made from carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) has been developed by Williams Advanced Engineering of Wantage, UK

A contract to deliver one of the largest filament winding lines for the production of tanks for compressed hydrogen gas (CHG) and compressed natural gas (CNG) for the automotive industry has been a

A long-lasting laminar textile for covering the paste-like active masses found on the electrodes of lead-acid batteries has been developed by Johnson Controls Autobatterie.

The automotive industry’s first composite engine shroud is being produced by Continental Structural Plastics (CSP) for the dual-wall dashboard that features in Ford’s 2020 Explorer. 

Tesla, the Palo Alto, California, USA-based manufacturer of electric vehicles, has developed what it describes as "a new type of fabric architecture” claimed to make automotive seating both soft an

A method for producing a yarn from automotive textile waste, particularly synthetic fibres, has been developed by two French companies, vehicle maker Renault of Boulogne-Billancourt and yarn spinne

A glass fibre-reinforced polyamide (PA) 6 from Lanxess is being used by Leopold Kostal GmbH & Co KG to produce steering-column-switch housings for various models of Ford’s Fiesta, Focus and Eco

Following the signing of a joint development agreement, Teijin Ltd is to supply materials to AEV Robotics for the development of its modular vehicle system.

Continuous glass fibre-reinforced thermoplastic composite sheets from Lanxess of Cologne, Germany, are being used to produce the large front-end support structure for the Mercedes-Benz GLE sports u

A lightweight polyethylene terephthalate (PET) fibre-based nonwoven wheelarch liner that absorbs tyre noise has been launched by Autoneum of Winterthur, Switzerland.

Glass fibre-reinforced polyamide (PA) 6s from Lanxess are being used in the high-volume manufacture of lightweight shells for the electronically adjustable rear seats in Audi’s A8 sedan.

Teijin Ltd is to buy tier one composite parts supplier Benet Automotive sro from Jet Investment. The terms of the deal will not be disclosed.

Automotive technology company Faurecia is to create a facility for hydrogen storage systems at its research and development (R&D) centre in Bavans, France.

A method for manufacturing light-producing automotive interior trim parts has been developed by Benecke-Kaliko of Hanover, Germany.

Autoneum of Winterthur, Switzerland, has adapted its sound-absorbing automotive underfloor system (Ultra-Silent) for the production of battery undercovers for electric vehicles (EVs).

Carbon fibre-reinforced thermoplastics (CFRTPs) from Teijin Ltd are being employed by General Motors (GM) to manufacture pickup boxes for selected models of its vehicles.

A project through which mixed-material joining technologies will be tested and evaluated has been established by research institutes Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow (LIFT) of Detroit and the C

A prototype battery enclosure for NIO’s electric vehicles that is made of carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) has been developed by the Chinese carmaker in partnership with SGL Carbon.

A glass fibre-reinforced sheet moulding compound (SMC) from CSP Victall is being used to produce the pickup boxes of Jiangling Motors Corp (JMC)’s Yuhu 3 and Yuhu 5 trucks—the first such use of com

A carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) moulding compound from Hexcel of Stamford, Connecticut, USA, has been used to produce an automotive transmission cross-member using what the company claims

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