SGL Group Acquires BMW Group’s Interest in Carbon Fiber JV

SGL Group Acquires BMW Group’s Interest in Carbon Fiber JV

SGL Carbon SE is acquiring the BMW Group’s 49 percent equity investment in joint ventures SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers GmbH based in Germany and the U.S.-based SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers LLC, to become the sole owner of SGL ACF.

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GM to Use Carbon Fiber in Next-Generation Pickup Beds?

GM to Use Carbon Fiber in Next-Generation Pickup Beds?

General Motors has made efforts to slash weight from its vehicles, and its next-generation full-size pickup trucks might get the most surprising lightweight solution yet. They might be in line for a carbon fiber-induced diet.

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SABIC Touts New Resin for Lightweighting

SABIC Touts New Resin for Lightweighting

By on November 29, 2017 in MATERIAL MATTERS

According to the company, the SABIC PP-UMS resin has a melt strength of more than 65 cN and provides superior foamability. It can be used to develop new foaming solutions for lighweighting in such industries as automotive, packaging, and building and construction. 

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Sika Acquires Acoustics Supplier

Sika Acquires Acoustics Supplier

By on November 28, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, SUPPLY CHAINS

Sika has agreed to acquire Faist ChemTec Group, a leading manufacturer of high-performance engineered, structure-borne acoustic solutions for the automotive industry.

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Aleris Opens Kentucky Aluminum Plant

Aleris Opens Kentucky Aluminum Plant

By on November 20, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS

Aleris, a global aluminum manufacturer, has opened its $400 million aluminum automotive body sheet production facility in Lewisport, Kentucky.

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Schaeffler Invests $60 Million in Wooster, Ohio Facility Expansion

Schaeffler Invests $60 Million in Wooster, Ohio Facility Expansion

By on November 16, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, SUPPLY CHAINS

The plant will be the U.S. center for advanced E-Mobility development. For 40 years, Schaeffler Group USA Inc. – a global automotive and industrial supplier – has invested in the United States, with a significant portion of those investments taking place in Wooster, Ohio. Today, Schaeffler commemorated the facility’s 40th anniversary with a grand opening celebration and unveiling of the […]

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Robots Frame New Car with Automotive Lightweighting

Robots Frame New Car with Automotive Lightweighting

Working with Comau SpA, Alfa Romeo created an innovative manufacturing strategy and assembly line of the future.

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<I>Lightweighting World</I> November/December <br>Digital Issue Available

Lightweighting World November/December
Digital Issue Available

By on November 5, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS

View the features and departments in the latest issue below, and CLICK HERE to  access the entire issue online.

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New Extrusion Method Could Expand Magnesium in Lightweighting Vehicles

New Extrusion Method Could Expand Magnesium in Lightweighting Vehicles

The new process developed at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has the potential to reduce cost by eliminating the need for rare-earth elements, while simultaneously improving the material’s structural properties.

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Toyota, Nissan Among Automakers Checking Parts Hit by Metals Scandal

Toyota, Nissan Among Automakers Checking Parts Hit by Metals Scandal

Japanese automakers including Toyota, Nissan and Mazda are investigating whether falsely labelled products supplied by Kobe Steel have impacted the safety of their cars.

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