All Aluminium articles

  • Lincoln Electric Image#1
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    Worth its metal

    2019-10-01T14:16:00Z

    Aluminium welding requires special care but an understanding of the process helps suppliers to make good choices, writes Lincoln Electric’s Raheel Khan

  • Gestamp Slovakia
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    Gestamp starts production in Slovakia

    2019-07-04T16:30:00Z

    Slovakia - Gestamp has started making aluminium components for JLR at its new Slovakia plant

  • Dongfeng Maxion Wheels
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    Dongfeng Maxion to build wheel plant

    2019-03-13T12:00:00Z

    China - Dongfeng Motor Parts and Components Group has formed a new joint venture company with Maxion Wheels - a division of the Brazilian wheel and structural component manufacturer Iochpe Maxion. The new company is called Dongfeng Maxion Wheels, and will look to serve the global market. ...

  • HM-Gov-Business-Sec-Greg-Hands-Burnaston-Toyota
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    Corolla confidence

    2019-02-12T12:35:00Z

    Upgrade and investments at Burnaston see Toyota start production of the new Corolla in the UK, despite all the turmoil of Brexit The UK secretary of state for business, Greg Clark, and the straight-taking Japanese ambassador to the UK, Koji Tsuruoka, joined local dignitaries, business leaders and Toyota executives ...

  • Fronius joining of steel and aluminium
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    Low heat input welding

    2019-02-03T10:00:00Z

    The Cold Metal Transfer (CMT) welding process reduces the heat input in comparison to other MIG/MAG processes, claims Fronius. This uses a digital process control, which automatically detects short circuits and then helps to detach the droplet by retracting the wire; during welding, the wire moves forward and is pulled ...

  • Sagola suction spray gun
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    Industrial suction spray gun

    2019-01-31T15:00:09Z

    The 4100 Xtreme suction spray gun has been developed to paint larger surface areas commonly associate with commercial and general industrial applications, such as machinery, truck chassis and trailers, says Sagola. The gun’s nozzles and needles come in two variants, 1.6 and 1.8 that deliver fine and heavy atomisation respectively ...

  • Profil Earthing stud pic 2
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    Show and tell

    2019-01-08T12:22:00Z

    Cost savings and reduced installation time are the result of Profil’s self-piercing stud, as visitors discovered at the NEAA Expo 2018 A new earthing stud is allowing automotive global OEMs to achieve the triple benefits of reduced installation time and cost, guaranteed electrical earthing and a substantial reduction in parts ...

  • Coherent Rofin Hairpin_welded
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    A clean winner

    2019-01-08T11:54:00Z

    Coherent-ROFIN’s Frank Gäbler explains a new approach to laser welding problematic materials Fig 1. Hairpin welded with CleanWeld technology: excellent weld quality, low spatter and low porosity Although fibre lasers are widely utilised in the automotive industry, there are still some ...

  • Böllinger Höfe
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    A high-performance build

    2019-01-04T12:10:00Z

    The Audi R8 series of sports cars is described as being closer to motor racing than any other on-the-road vehicles. Mike Farish takes a closer look at the manufacturing operation The latest versions of both the Coupe and Spyder convertible variants of the R8 are made at Audi Sport’s ...

  • schuler_euroblech1
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    Smartly pressed

    2019-01-03T13:54:00Z

    OEMs and suppliers are teaming up to design and construct a state-of-art press shops, duly networked for an industry 4.0 approach More on Stamping Ford Saarlouis Gestamp Constellium, Georgia Skoda Mlade Boleslav Arguably the main technological factor most commonly associated with ...

  • Steel coil, Tata Port Talbot
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    Steel wars

    2018-12-05T11:19:00Z

    Bridges are being burnt in today’s automotive industry. Political decisions are having a significant impact on the price of vehicles, the way in which they are sold, and where they are made. One factor that could soon play a key role is the trade war between the US and the ...

  • ams_nov_dec_cover
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    The perfect finishing touch

    2018-12-03T09:45:00Z

    Turkish alloy wheel producer Cevher Wheels has invested in Graco Pro Xpc Auto electrostatic When it comes to spray painting alloy wheels, just how do you get the balance between obtaining a perfect finish, cutting material consumption, reducing environmental impact, minimising maintenance downtime and ensuring operational safety? Cevher ...

  • ams_nov_dec_cover
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    High performance for next-gen at NIO

    2018-12-03T09:32:00Z

    Lightweighting, multi-metal compatibility and a focus on aluminium substrates is how thin-film, pretreatment technologies fulfil the requirements for NIO’s next generation of electric vehicles With its advanced thin-film Oxsilan technology, the Surface Treatment global business unit of BASF’s coatings division operating under the Chemetall brand, ensures a perfect surface ...

  • Eisenmann BMW Leipzig
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    Paint technology and investments

    2018-11-29T11:50:00Z

    We report on the new technology, techniques and investments in the world of paintshop being implemented by vehicle-makers around the world… Eisenmann’s E-Shuttle 200 pre-treatment/electrocoating system will be part of the Leipzig upgrade Expansion at BMW Leipzig Eisenmann says it has been given overall ...

  • PPG Ferrari
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    Cool paint for hot cars

    2018-11-27T17:18:00Z

    Ferrari is renowned for the high quality paint finish on its supercars. So creating a workable paint formulation that would cure at much lower temperatures without compromising these exacting standard would be a challenge. PPG’s Technical director, William Brunat, discusses the project with Nick Holt The project with Ferrari ...

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    A focus on fibres

    2018-11-27T15:21:00Z

    Lightweight, high-strength benefits are being offset by materials and process costs. James Bakewell looks at the challenges of making carbon fibre cost effective Used for the first time in earnest by Volvo, carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) will feature in the £135,000 ($176,400) Polestar 1’s bonnet, boot lid, side ...

  • BMW Dingolfing
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    Sticking together

    2018-11-27T15:07:00Z

    The use of a wide variety of materials throws-up significant production challenges and chief among those is joining. How can this plethora of materials be fixed together without affecting their structural integrity or their individual characteristics? The automotive industry is mostly set-up for resistance spot welding (RSW) . This ...

  • Henkel therma edrive
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    Driving the future of e-mobility

    2018-11-23T16:36:00Z

    Henkel is responding to changes in the automotive industry with a range of technologies for the emerging trend towards e-drive modules Building on years of experience and expertise in engine and powertrain applications, Henkel is investing in new technologies and products for the efficient, large-scale manufacturing of ...

  • Aston Martin Gaydon 2
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    Lap of luxury

    2018-11-19T16:35:00Z

    Its history and heritage may be strong but Aston Martin’s focus is firmly fixed on the future A proud claim of Aston Martin is that of all the cars the company has ever built in its 105 year history, 95% of them are still on the road. As a ...

  • Daimler Bremen
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    A positive response

    2018-11-19T15:59:00Z

    Daimler is embarking on a major corporate restructuring in the hope of improving its ability to face upcoming challenges in the automotive sector The restructuring currently underway at Daimler is due to be complete by 2020 and the plan centres on creating legally independent AG companies, Mercedes-Benz AG, Daimler ...