MATERIAL MATTERS

Aleris Opens Kentucky Aluminum Plant

By on November 20, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS
Aleris Opens Kentucky Aluminum Plant

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

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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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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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Sabic Introduces New Resins for LED Automotive Lighting

Sabic Introduces New Resins for LED Automotive Lighting

LEXAN™ HF4010SR resin is one of the new offerings. The polycarbonate (PC) material can make it possible for customers to develop complex headlight bezels with enhanced aesthetics.

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Lightweight Materials Key Shell Rotella’s Starship Concept Rig

By on September 28, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS
Lightweight Materials Key Shell Rotella’s Starship Concept Rig

Shell’s futuristic concept tractor-trailer, dubbed the Starship Initiative, is on track to be completed within the coming months and could perform a cross-country efficiency test run as early as the first quarter of 2018, the company announced a week ago. The rig, which is being built by AirFlow Truck Company, aims to combine already-existing technologies […]

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Dana Launches New Lightweight Driveshaft Line

By on September 28, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS
Dana Launches New Lightweight Driveshaft Line

Dana has launched the SPL 250 Lite driveshaft designed to be a lightweight option for most configurations of heavy-duty commercial vehicles. It has also been engineered for reduced noise, vibration and harshness levels, improved performance, and improved vehicle dynamics without compromising strength, according to the manufacturer.

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Applications Focus: Vacuum Impregnation Enables Lightweight Material Use

Applications Focus: Vacuum Impregnation Enables Lightweight Material Use

OEMs are redesigning parts and bringing vacuum impregnation systems in-house to meet the demand for aluminum in large part because the process eliminates the porosity inherent in aluminum castings.

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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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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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