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    Lightweighting the EV is a challenge to celebrate

    2021-07-12T09:43:00Z

    There is a new impetus to save weight as vehicles become powered by electric powertrains. Reducing the weight of a vehicle by optimising the mix of materials and the application in design is now a key focus

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    Watch: Vehicle light-weighting rises to the top of the agenda for designers and engineers

    2021-07-12T05:00:00Z

    This livestream investigates how designers and engineers at Ford, Gestamp and key suppliers are using innovative materials and creating light-weight architectures, including for models like the Ford F-150 Lightning and Maverick compact truck.

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    Fossil Free Steel

    2021-06-23T08:54:00Z

    The sustainability of the supply chain is a high priority for car makers and tier suppliers. To find out how this is impacting materials suppliers AMS spoke with two experts from SSAB, Thomas Hörnfeldt, vice president for sustainable business and Robert Ström, senior design expert at the company’s Knowledge Service Centre.

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    Cross-sector partnership to promote sustainable materials sourcing in Chile

    2021-06-11T14:52:00Z

    Daimler, VW, BASF and Fairphone have set up the Responsible Lithium Partnership to to promote sustainable development and tackle the negative impacts of material sourcing, beginning with a multi-stakeholder initiative into the impact of lithium mining in Chile

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    How the European automotive industry aims to build back semiconductor and chip supply

    2021-05-04T10:25:00Z

    OEMs, suppliers and EU officials are considering how best to develop Europe’s semiconductor manufacturing to mitigate current and future shortages, but the broad gaps at many levels – including for older, larger chips – mean there will be no magic bullet

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    Watch: Automotive suppliers charging ahead – Electrifying Production Series (Pt.1)

    2021-03-31T20:16:00Z

    In the first part of our Electrifying Production Livestream series, AMS explores how vehicle electrification is changing major tier-1 suppliers’ manufacturing engineering and design, plant equipment and manufacturing strategies. Featuring experts from automotive suppliers and production specialists including Gestamp and ZF, Henkel and ABB.

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    EV drivetrains inspire new production processes

    2021-03-29T18:02:00Z

    Boosted by the rapid shift towards electrification, powertrain production is finding new efficiencies. Götz Fuchslocher found out how manufacturers and suppliers are upgrading everything from soft- and hardware, to their processes and their staff

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    80% aluminium throughput: Chemetall’s competence in car body pre-treatment

    2021-03-23T09:16:00Z

    The ongoing drive to reduce vehicle weight is seeing an increasing percentage of aluminium being used in car bodies. In the context of this lightweighting challenge, an ambitious joint effort by Chemetall and Porsche has achieved a targeted share of 80% aluminium throughput in a phosphating pre-treatment plant

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    Thyssenkrupp restructures and carves out auto body division

    2021-03-08T19:06:00Z

    Thyssenkrupp has launched Automotive Body Solutions as a separate business unit to focus on both in-house production and developing lightweight materials, as well as production equipment

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    Heavy-duty industrial conveyor belting

    2021-03-02T15:29:00Z

    Ammeraal Beltech says its uni AMB belt has a permissible tensile strength of 180.000N/m

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    Playing catch-up in plastics recycling for automotive production

    2021-02-25T11:07:00Z

    A closed loop for plastics in the automotive industry has so far been a distant dream, as an unmanageable variety of mixed materials makes recycling them into new high-quality materials unviable. Fortunately, there are some promising new approaches on the horizon.

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    Power is nothing without control

    2021-02-08T18:44:00Z

    Chassis components keep the wheels from falling off the EV revolution. Illya Verpraet found out how Gestamp is managing the change with material and quality control innovation

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    Volkswagen Components begins battery recycling pilot

    2021-02-01T10:23:00Z

    The Salzgitter plant has started operations to create a closed-loop process for recovering raw materials from lithium-ion batteries

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    NVH reduction for electric vehicle interiors

    2021-01-31T18:57:00Z

    Brian Pour, president and CEO of Auria Solutions, identifies the increasing importance of electric vehicles as a major factor influencing the development of vehicle interiors and one that will pick up even more pace given recent political change. Mike Farish reports

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    Interior innovations

    2021-01-30T17:45:00Z

    The new generation of electric vehicles offer a great opportunity to accelerate the development of smart interiors. Mike Farish reports on the application of new technologies and materials

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    All-new Rogue closes the recycling loop

    2021-01-26T10:21:00Z

    The 2021 model SUV is company’s first global model built using ‘closed-loop’ recycling system for aluminium parts

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    The inside story

    2020-12-14T16:32:00Z

    Henkel’s Dr. Burak Kutlu examines how innovative solutions can solve application challenges and increase yield rates in the automotive display market

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    Designs on lightening the load

    2020-12-14T16:16:00Z

    ArcelorMittal’s study on smart steel solutions for chassis can extend range, reduce costs and emissions, explains Jean-Luc Thirion, head of ArcelorMittal’s Global R&D for Flat Products, and Paul Brettnacher, CMO of Automotive and Packaging for ArcelorMittal Europe – Flat Products.

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    Recycled materials in vehicle interiors

    2020-12-02T17:59:00Z

    While leather remains a popular material for vehicle upholstery, fabrics made from recycled materials are gaining ground. Andrew Williams looks at the latest developments and challenges

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    Versatile, familiar and recyclable

    2020-12-02T16:49:00Z

    Steel is not only familiar and affordable, it’s also highly recyclable, so James Bakewell asks whether there are any more gains to be made in making it more sustainable