Automotive

Valve gate cascade molding simulation integrated into Moldflow

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 26th, 2015

Italian hot runner specialist HRSflow (San Polo di Piave) has developed a solution in collaboration with Autodesk (San Rafael, CA) to simulate the gradual opening and closing of its FLEXflow valve gate nozzles with Autodesk Moldflow, thus predicting pressure reduction and the associated clamping force reduction.

Angela Merkel among guests at chemical giant BASF’s 150th anniversary bash

By Karen Laird
Published: April 26th, 2015

During a festive event held at the BASF Feierabendhaus in Ludwigshafen (Germany), chemical giant BASF celebrated its 150th anniversary in style with such high-profile attendees as German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Minister-President of Rhineland-Palatinate, Malu Dreyer. The two politicians congratulated BASF on achieving this milestone in official speeches addressing an audience consisting of more than 1,000 guests from government, business, science and society.

Another shameless Chinese knockoff: Land Rover is the latest victim

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 24th, 2015

It seems that Jaguar Land Rover is in a tizzy (actually reports say they are "furious") over the release of a new Chinese crossover called the LandWind, which looks oddly identical to the Range Rover Evoque crossover. Could it be that China has copied the exact design of the Range Rover Evoque? How could it be?

Bio-based EPDM elastomer targets fluid applications

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 23rd, 2015

Responding to increasingly stringent emissions standards and the push for sustainability solutions, Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies has developed an ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) elastomer compound based on sugarcane feedstock.

French Tier 1 expands footprint in China

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 23rd, 2015

With 22 million vehicles manufactured in 2014 alone, China is the leading global automotive market, accounting for approximately one-quarter of global automobile production worldwide. The country is also forecast to account for almost half of automotive market growth over the next four years in other word 6.5 million additional cars produced in China by 2018, against a total of 14 million additional cars manufactured worldwide. In addition, environmental standards are coming into force in the country, the aim being to reduce carbon emissions.

Massive Engel vertical machine to assist VW in functionally integrated composites initiative

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 22nd, 2015

A v-duo 3600 vertical clamping dual injection unit molding machine is currently being built by Engel (Schwertberg, Austria) at its large-scale machine plant in St. Valentin, Austria that will be shipped to the Open Hybrid LabFactory e.V. association in Wolfsburg, Germany to support research into functionally integrated composite technologies. Engel is a founder member and sponsor of the research centre initiated by Volkswagen in 2012 and supported by Germany's Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Nanotube film cures large thermoset composites; energy consumption slashed by 99 percent

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 21st, 2015

Thermoset composite materials used in aircraft wings and fuselages are typically manufactured in large autoclaves, with multiple polymer resin are heated with temperatures up to 750°F, and cured to form a solid, resilient material. Using this approach, considerable energy is required first to heat the oven, then the gas around it, and finally the actual composite.

Ford, DowAksa to jointly develop carbon fiber for high-volume automotive light-weighting applications

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 20th, 2015

Ford and DowAksa have formalized a joint development agreement (JDA) to advance research on cost-effective, high-volume manufacturing of automotive-grade carbon fiber, a material poised to play a significant role in the drive to make vehicles lighter for greater fuel efficiency, performance and capability.

Construction of specialty PU elastomers plant starts in Japan; medical tubing among target applications

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 20th, 2015

Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. (Tokyo) held a groundbreaking ceremony for a 2,000 -tonnes/year plant located at its Omuta Works (Omuta City, Kyushu) to manufacture its new advanced polyurethane elastomer, Fortimo, and the polyisocyanate, Stabio. The new plant is scheduled for commercial operation in August 2016.

Moldex3D makes $1.65-million donation to Clemson University center for automotive research

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 20th, 2015

CoreTech Systems (Moldex3D) Co. Ltd. (Farmington Hills, MI), a global innovator of true 3D CAE simulation systems, announced a $1.65-million donation to support education and research at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR).

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