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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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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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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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Hydro Acquires Sapa for Global Aluminum Position

Hydro Acquires Sapa for Global Aluminum Position

Following the transaction, Hydro says it will become a global, integrated aluminium company with more than 35,000 employees, and activities in around 40 countries.

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AK Steel to Purchase Precision Partners Holding Company

AK Steel to Purchase Precision Partners Holding Company

The acquisition expands AK Steel’s platform for innovative lightweight steel solutions. Ontario-based Partners Holding Company provides engineering, tooling, die design and hot and cold stamped steel parts.

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Reducing Cost and Waste When Purchasing Composites

Reducing Cost and Waste When Purchasing Composites

Ordering more composite material than you need for your production? Is your material expiring before you can use it? Does your material reach its maximum out time before you have completed the processing? There are many things to consider when buying time- and temperature-sensitive goods.

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Casting Ahead: Die-Cast Magnesium Gaining Favor

Casting Ahead: Die-Cast Magnesium Gaining Favor

When weighing material choices, the higher tooling costs of die-cast magnesium are offset by lower production costs, according to a report by Joe Petrillo, director of sales at Meridian. “Given that, die-casting magnesium becomes extremely cost effective.”

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Productions+Processes: Solutions in Composite Materials

Productions+Processes: Solutions in Composite Materials

Large volumes at reasonable prices—often that goal is a contradiction in terms when it comes to producing fiber-reinforced composite materials. PulPress technology developed by Evonik Industries AG, in cooperation with Secar Technologie, demonstrates how it can be achieved.

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