Published: May 21st, 2013
The Solar Impulse aircraft safely reached Phoenix May 5 after a 20-hour flight from San Francisco. Next up: the leg from Phoenix to Dallas which will take off the week of May 20. Traveling at an average ground speed of just 40 mph, the Solar Impulse carried its sole occupant and pilot, adventurer Bertrand Piccard, on the 650-nautical mile first leg solely utilizing the power of the sun.
Published: May 16th, 2013
While automotive suppliers are more optimistic about increased business from the OEMs in 2013, OEMs continue to be concerned about tightening capacity and suppliers’ ability to meet launch schedules. Those are the latest findings from the Automotive Supplier Barometer released this week by the Original Equipment Suppliers Association in partnership with Deloitte LLP.
Published: May 15th, 2013
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are increasingly in the spotlight in trouble spots throughout the world, but they are also finding increased use in civilian applications. In parallel, suppliers of advanced thermoplastics such as Sabic are addressing demands for aerospace grade materials that meet a number of stringent operational requirements.
Published: May 14th, 2013
NatureWorks is targeting ABS replacement in PC/ABS in major durable applications including automotive interiors and business machines.
"The standard grade of ABS is a straight drop in for ABS in existing tooling," said Frank Diodato, business director, durables, at NatureWorks, in an interview. The cost is about $1/lb, comparable to ABS in most areas of the world.
Published: May 14th, 2013
Fiber made from ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fiber has been employed as a ballistic material in a amphibious armored personnel vehicle produced in Turkey. The fiber is used in the form of a tape made from Dyneema UHMWPE supplied by DSM Dyneema (Urmond, The Netherlands).
Published: May 13th, 2013
The oldest and largest awards event in the automotive plastics industry will be held Nov. 6 in Livonia, MI under the theme "Plastics: Kick the Metal Habit". The Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers said the 43rd-annual Automotive Innovation Awards Gala will once again take place at Burton Manor. Jeffrey Helms, global automotive director, Ticona Engineering Polymers, returns as the 2013 SPE Automotive Innovation Awards chair.
Published: May 12th, 2013
Greater use of structural adhesives and aluminum is helping Cadillac (Detroit, MI) reduce overall weight of the ATS and all-new CTS sedans, reportedly contributing to better ride and handling and reduced cabin noise in both models.
Published: May 10th, 2013
It has been said that conventional electric vehicles need to break out of their current design shell of essentially being based on conventional gasoline-powered chassis and body design, with a battery tossed in below the floorboards in place of an engine. Failing which, they won't enjoy significant market penetration. Renault's latest electric concept car may hint at what's in store.
Published: May 8th, 2013
Published: May 7th, 2013
The XL1 Super Efficient Vehicle from Volkswagen has gone into limited production at the automaker's Osnabrück plant in Germany with carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) and aluminum dominating as materials of construction. The vehicles boasts fuel consumption of just 0.9 l/100 km (approx. 261 mpg US).