All Carbon Fibre articles

  • Ultima-Supplier-pressure-BI-flash-3
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    Suppliers will face squeeze as OEMs push to meet EU CO2 targets

    2019-10-02T09:58:00Z

    As carmakers strive to reach the more stringent CO2 emissions targets being phased in across the EU next year, we predict that many are likely to put more pressure on their supply base to help reduce emissions

  • BMWiNext
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    Carbon composite footprint

    2019-09-16T15:01:00Z

    EV development has made lightweighting vehicle structures a priority. James Bakewell reports on the increased role for carbon fibre-reinforced plastics

  • Roechling Automotive Slovakia
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    Röchling Automotive opens new Slovakia plant

    2019-07-24T10:00:00Z

    Slovakia - The new plant will be used to make a variety of different components for Daimler, JLR and PSA. 

  • Carbon 3D printing
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    Suppliers partner to enable high-volume 3D printing

    2019-07-17T13:47:00Z

    Germany - Covestro and Carbon are hoping to make 3D printing applicable for mass volume applications

  • BMW 7 Series final inspection Dingolfing
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    A blaze in Bavaria

    2019-07-09T10:58:00Z

    The foundations have been laid at BMW’s Dingolfing plant to make more electrified models and components, but more is yet to come. Michael Nash reports

  • GKN opening headquarters Michigan
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    GKN opens 3D printing customer centre

    2019-05-28T14:55:00Z

    US - GKN Powder Metallurgy has opened its new headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan. The 38,260sq.ft facility also includes an additive manufacturing customer centre. ”We are excited to start a new journey in Auburn Hills with a space that is dedicated to our team, our community and the advanced ...

  • BMW_AM__mini-yours-customise
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    Customising production

    2019-04-10T13:30:00Z

    James Bakewell reports on BMW’s growing use of additively produced parts in both vehicle personalising and series production applications

  • Perceptron-Helix-evo
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    Access to accuracy

    2019-01-08T11:14:00Z

    When it comes to measurement in manufacturing, accuracy is critical. Rick Van Valkenburg, responsible for global sales and marketing at Perceptron, discusses the importance of accuracy when developing robot-based measurement systems for the automotive industry How has the request for accuracy in automotive measurement evolved during your time at Perceptron? ...

  • 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 ...

  • Audi_crossbrace copy
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    Um foco nas fibras

    2018-12-12T10:22:38Z

    Os benefícios de fibras leves e de alta resistência estão sendo compensados pelos custos de materiais e processos. James Bakewell analisa os desafios em tornar econômica a fibra de carbono Usado seriamente pela primeira vez pela Volvo, o plástico reforçado com fibra de carbono (CFRP) será usado no capô, ...

  • Audi_crossbrace copy
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    El valor de la fibra

    2018-12-11T07:43:38Z

    Las ventajas de un peso ligero y alta resistencia contrastan con los costes de materiales y procesos. James Bakewell analiza los retos para conseguir que la fibra de carbono resulte más rentable Volvo utilizará por primera vez este material, plástico reforzado con fibra de carbono (CFRP) en el capó, ...

  • Audi_crossbrace copy
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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 ...

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    Raising the roof

    2018-11-19T10:51:00Z

    When it comes to roof gluing, vision systems such as the one in operation at FCA Cassino will lead to a return on investment in a short time Vision systems have become a very powerful tool for automotive manufacturers, allowing them to increase productivity and overall quality while ...

  • Alpine A110 Dieppe
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    Alpine scales new heights

    2018-10-26T16:19:36Z

    One of the most interesting plant revivals in the last 12 months has been Renault’s overhaul of its factory in Dieppe, which now builds the A110 sports car. Nick Gibbs reports This is the home of Alpine, the revived sporting brand that Renault may or may not expand to become ...

  • Williams platform
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    Grid reference

    2018-10-22T14:28:10Z

    Mike Farish visits Williams Advanced Engineering to see how the company delivers a distinctive F1 take on an innovative electric vehicle platform One of the implications of the growth of the market for electric vehicles is the opportunity it provides for newcomers possibly to become major players in the automotive ...

  • Chiron brake caliper
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    Making metal add up

    2018-09-13T12:30:55Z

    Additively manufactured metal parts present a challenge for high-volume production but at the other end of the scale, engineers are successfully developing the process for specialist, low volume parts. Mike Farish reports All over the automotive industry companies are exploring the potential of additive techniques to make parts in polymers ...

  • Volvo Cars recycled plastics
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    Waste not…

    2018-09-13T12:03:00Z

    Karen McCandless reports on vehicle-maker recycling projects ranging from plastic bottles to electric vehicle batteries As vehicle production numbers continue to increase, up from 11.9m in 2013 to 17m in 2017, so do the automotive industry’s waste management efforts continue to improve. The waste generated per unit produced in ...

  • TOYOTA Final Assembly
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    Expanding and restructuring

    2018-09-12T12:48:00Z

    As the move to electrified and autonomous vehicles accelerates, Toyota is expanding in both technology areas and restructuring its operations. Ian Henry reports Toyota is making a number of key organisational changes to simplify and rationalise its operations in response to the fast-changing automotive market. As of the end ...

  • Machine setter Darren Evans maintains the wiper action created using the tool with Citizen’s LFV technology creates a superior surface finish
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    The problem with plastic

    2018-07-26T16:41:00Z

    With automotive manufacturers looking at ever increasing levels of plastic-based materials content, Steed Webzell examines the challenges for machine shops Recent research suggests that by 2020 the average car will incorporate 350kg of plastic-based materials. As a result, the need for efficient and economic machining methods for plastics ...