Interiors – Page 2

  • 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 the ...

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    Show us what you’re made of

    2018-05-11T15:27:34Z

    Dürr explains how, a variety of different materials are being used to construct the latest models hitting the market, and paint lines need to adapt accordingly The future belongs to electric vehicles (EVs), since they allow emission-free and sustainable mobility. The established car manufacturers are increasingly being joined in ...

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    Material matters

    2018-03-07T17:01:38Z

    New developments in polycarbonate in automotive applications offer a glimpse of the future Covestro's electric concept car includes polycarbonate wrap-around glazing Designed in 1967 Covestro’s (then Bayer) K67 showcased how plastics could be used to create a stylish performance car. Fifty years later specialist materials supplier opened the doors ...

  • Audi A4 production in Aurangabad, India
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    A race for third place

    2018-03-02T12:24:48Z

    India’s vehicle sales are booming to the benefit of a handful of established manufacturers, but it’s still a tricky market for those on the sidelinesLast year, India’s passenger vehicle market cracked 3m units for the first time, up 9% on 2016, according to data from Swedish analyst firm AID. That ...

  • Renault Espace - Cockpit of the future by Faurecia
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    Faurecia constructs new facility in Missouri

    2018-02-15T15:52:54Z

    The Tier 1 supplier Faurecia is building a new production facility in Blue Springs, Missouri. Costing $60m, it will be used to manufacture and assemble both door and instrument panels for vehicles. "Faurecia is proud to open this new site and to provide new opportunities for local job seekers," commented ...

  • Meisterbock Ingolstadt Audi
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    Counting on the data

    2018-01-02T16:37:39Z

    The implementation of digital tools is transforming the quality control processes in manufacturing operations Physical jigs are now being rendered as digital models and Audi says it is well on the way to representing a concept that resides in the digital, ‘virtual’ world. The company is now exploiting the concept ...

  • Mini CFPR dashboard
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    High fibre content

    2018-01-02T16:16:15Z

    Composites reinforced with glass fibres have been used in the mass-production of hang- and bolt-on parts for decades – AMS looks at some recent innovations Mounting pressure on OEMs to reduce the weight of their vehicles means that material and tier suppliers making body panels, interior parts, under-the-bonnet parts, ...

  • Yanfeng Automotive Interiors, Plana nad Luznici, plant
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    European ramp up

    2017-11-21T11:44:17Z

    Yanfeng is busily growing its operation within Europe as two new facilities come on stream, with a manufacturing plant in the Czech Republic and a new test centre in SlovakiaThough the company was only formally established in 2015 Yanfeng Automotive Interiors already registers as one of the biggest automotive suppliers ...

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    The stage to engage

    2017-11-15T16:31:08Z

    The continually restructuring tier supply environment is witnessing record M&A activity amid rapid technological changeTier one suppliers currently face a bewildering mix of challenges, some long-term and some short-term in impact. This has always been the case, but the pace of change and the scale of adjustment required now are ...

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    The stage to engage

    2017-11-15T12:33:31Z

    The continually restructuring tier supply environment is witnessing record M&A activity amid rapid technological change Tier one suppliers currently face a bewildering mix of challenges, some long-term and some short-term in impact. This has always been the case, but the pace of change and the scale of adjustment required now ...

  • VectorAuto
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    IoT disruption in the driving seat

    2017-10-27T15:42:51Z

    Digitalised manufacturing will play a critical role helping automotive interiors suppliers achieve the flexibility needed to remain competitive and relevant in today’s fast-moving digital economy With consumers’ growing appetite for high value-added yet competitively priced vehicles, automotive suppliers face increasing pressure to keep up with changing tastes and requirements while ...

  • Novares Mioveni
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    Novares opens Mioveni plant

    2017-09-21T12:09:26Z

    Romania – Until recently known as Mecaplast-Key Plastics, the company said it has established itself in the country in order to be close to its main customer, Dacia. The factory near Pite ş ti is Novares’ first in the country. According to Novares, the objective of the new facility is ...

  • Volvo S90 pre-production, Daqing of the new Volvo S90 in the Daqing manufacturing plant
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    Getting the green light

    2017-09-04T16:19:40Z

    Under government pressure, domestic and international OEMs in China are switching to new-energy vehicles US vehicle manufacturers Premium European brands European high-volume makers Japanese and Korean OEMs Motorcycle producers SuppliersThe origins of Chinese vehicle manufacturing are rooted in technology transfers from European, US and Japanese OEMs through joint ventures in ...

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    Readying your cutting room for Industry 4.0

    2017-07-08T16:01:09Z

    Widespread digitalisation within automotive manufacturing is providing the opportunity for seating and interiors suppliers to move up the value chain With the Fourth Industrial Revolution well underway, automotive suppliers need to assess their Industry 4.0 readiness across all operations. The car of the future will be highly connected, electric and ...

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    A cut above the rest

    2017-06-23T15:18:48Z

    A new digital approach to leather cutting is establishing greater levels of equipment reliability and material throughput making it a more viable option for the volume production of car interior elements Normally any visible blemish on an automotive component is a reason for instant rejection. But there is one circumstance ...

  • P37_Versalis Auto
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    A cut above the rest

    2017-06-23T12:22:13Z

    A new digital approach to leather cutting is establishing greater levels of equipment reliability and material throughput making it a more viable option for the volume production of car interior elements Normally any visible blemish on an automotive component is a reason for instant rejection. But there is one circumstance ...

  • Supplier park, GM Arlington
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    GM to build supplier park at Arlington

    2017-06-16T14:57:53Z

    US – The new park in Texas will consist of two manufacturing and warehouse buildings covering 1.2m sq.ft and will require up to 1,250 workers, including 850 in newly created positions. The park will begin supporting the Arlington Assembly plant in 2018. “Through strong supplier and community relations, we’re able ...

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    Open-door opportunity

    2017-05-10T10:41:51Z

    Much R&D work has been done to reduce the weight of vehicle structures, but closures still represent a significant opportunity for weight savingsClosures are mounted after body assembly and can be built up off-line, meaning that they can be made of entirely different materials, such as aluminium, to the vehicle’s ...

  • Fraunhofer-ILT car door with FRP reinforcing brace demonstrates laser-assisted joining of plastic-metal compounds
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    Beaming with benefits

    2017-05-10T09:21:40Z

    Clean, flexible and able to provide quality assurance data, laser technology is now proving effective in welding plastics A recent report released by Credence Research suggests that the US welding equipment industry for plastics is undergoing a period of explosive growth. The industry was valued at $595.3m in 2015, and ...

  • PSA Vigo
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    PSA to modernise European paint lines

    2017-04-10T11:37:03Z

    Spain – Paintshop supplier Sames Kremlin has announced that in March it won the contract to update lines one and two at PSA’s Vigo factory. Over the coming months, the company will install a total of 51 robots at PSA facilities in Trnava (Slovakia), Poissy and Rennes (France), plus the ...