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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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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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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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Altair Announces Nominees for 2017 Enlighten Award

Altair Announces Nominees for 2017 Enlighten Award

The Enlighten award aims to celebrate and promote innovation in automotive lightweighting, and will be presented in partnership with the Center for Automotive Research at the 2017 CAR Management Briefing Seminars set to take place in Traverse City, Mich. from July 31-August 3.

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Dayco Wins 2017 PACE™ Award for ACTIVAC™ Vacuum Generation System

Dayco Wins 2017 PACE™ Award for ACTIVAC™ Vacuum Generation System

Increased fuel efficiency. Lighter weight. Fewer parts. Lower costs. These factors led Dayco to win a 2017 Automotive News PACE (Premier Automotive Suppliers’ Contribution to Excellence) Award for its ACTIVAC™ vacuum generation system on the 2017 Ford F-150.

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ESI Launches Virtual Performance Solution — Version 2016

ESI Launches Virtual Performance Solution — Version 2016

ESI Group has announced the latest release of Virtual Performance Solution (VPS), a solution enabling manufacturers to face emerging design challenges – including those related to lightweight and green vehicles – while avoiding over-engineering.

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A Lighter Future with Thermoplastic Solutions

By on September 26, 2016 in DESIGN LINES, MATERIAL MATTERS
A Lighter Future with Thermoplastic Solutions

Answering the need of manufacturers for lightweight solutions, thermoplastic-based materials provide an array of properties that make them attractive, including low density, high strength and rigidity, and tailored thermal expansion properties with recyclability.

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GM, Cadillac Win 2016
Altair Enlighten Award

GM, Cadillac Win 2016<br> Altair Enlighten Award

GM, and specifically Cadillac, have been recognized for the efforts, as the automaker and brand were bestowed with the 2016 Altair Enlighten Award. The award recognizes those
who have gone through great efforts in vehicle lightweighting technologies and processes.

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Carbon Fabrics Showcased in Next Generation Toyota

Carbon Fabrics Showcased in Next Generation Toyota

(source: Oxeon AB) The Deep Orange 6, “a next-generation Toyota concept vehicle” developed and engineered by students from Clemson University, has been unveiled this week at the SAE International 2016 World Congress and Exhibition in Detroit, MI. By using TeXtreme® carbon fabrics in its door panels, rear hatch, dashboard, and bumpers and cladding, significant weight savings, improved […]

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Lightweight Materials Provide Opportunities for Next-Gen Rail Vehicles

Lightweight Materials Provide Opportunities for Next-Gen Rail Vehicles

The transportation industry has for a long time been engaged in the application of new lightweight materials for primary structural design. In aeronautics, where the weight of an aircraft is a crucial factor for fuel consumption, composite materials are now replacing metallic materials in both structural and non-structural parts. The railway industry could also benefit […]

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