BMW: Arriving Prepared

BMW: Arriving Prepared

BMW pushes flexibility and advanced material composites as the automaker redesigns its future.
In addition to designing new assembly systems, the OEM is developing “future proof” platforms that can accept electric powertrains, combustion engines and hybrids.

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Magna Expands in Alabama with Aluminum Casting Facility

Magna Expands in Alabama with Aluminum Casting Facility

“We remain focused on lightweighting to help improve fuel economy while decreasing vehicle emissions over time,” said John Farrell, president of Cosma International, Magna’s body and chassis operating unit.

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Previewing the September/October Issue of <I>Lightweighting World</I>

Previewing the September/October Issue of Lightweighting World

By on September 5, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS

Here is what you will be reading about in the latest edition of Lightweighting World – on press now and in the mail later this week – starting with automated fastening systems for lightweighting.

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Ward’s Survey: Automakers Move Forward with Lightweighting Plans

Ward’s Survey: Automakers Move Forward with Lightweighting Plans

The 2017 Wards Auto survey suggests that automakers are moving forward with strategies to reduce vehicle weights and improve fuel efficiency. The auto industry competes in a global marketplace, and engineers continue to look for innovative lightweighting solutions.

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Aluminum Extrusion for Lightweighting: Key Factors <br>for Success

Aluminum Extrusion for Lightweighting: Key Factors
for Success

By on August 16, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS

OEMs can replace steel with aluminum extrusions, but often engineering teams are not as familiar with the alloys, the extrusion process, and the tolerances and performance characteristics that can be achieved. Here’s what engineers need to know and what to expect from suppliers.

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LIFT, The Center Launch “LIFT Off” Webinar Series to Highlight Small Company Innovations

LIFT, The Center Launch “LIFT Off” Webinar Series to Highlight Small Company Innovations

By on August 2, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS

LIFT – Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow and the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center have announced the launch of the “LIFT Off” webinar series featuring small companies and the innovations they are working on related to lightweighting and manufacturing.

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FCA, Toyota, Faurecia, AP&T Win Altair Lightweighting Awards

FCA, Toyota, Faurecia, AP&T Win Altair Lightweighting Awards

The winner of the Full Vehicle category was the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, which is an impressive 249 pounds (113 kilograms) lighter than its predecessor. Toyota’s carbon fiber closure panels for the 2017 Prius Prime and Lexus LC500, and Faurecia’s Adaptive Valve for exhaust systems employed on the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado took the top honors for the module category.

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Q&A with GM Expert on the Company’s Lightweighting Initiatives

Q&A with GM Expert on the Company’s Lightweighting Initiatives

Lightweighting World recently spoke with Charlie Klein, executive director, global CO2 and energy center for General Motors. The automaker has made significant strides in its nearly fleet-wide move to develop lighter vehicles.

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The Power of Two Materials: Plastic Meets Metal

The Power of Two Materials: Plastic Meets Metal

Emission regulations are becoming more stringent. For the entire automotive industry—manufacturers and suppliers—it‘s an enormous challenge. Polymer metal hybrids from ElringKlinger combine maximum functionality with minimum weight.

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OEM Focus, Including Ford and General Motors, in Latest Issue of <I>Lightweighting World</I>

OEM Focus, Including Ford and General Motors, in Latest Issue of Lightweighting World

By on July 21, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS

Collaboration and innovation is at the heart of Ford’s efforts to develop lightweight chassis and subframe components as described in the feature beginning on page 26. General Motors is touting its own lightweighting success and with good reason.

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