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Desso has designed a special carpet for KLM for its newly refurbished World Business Class. The carpet was developed in partnership with the design studio of Dutch designer Hella Jongerius. From July, the carpet will be installed on board the aircraft, starting with the 22 Boeing 747s.
Four Japanese automakers, including Toyota and Nissan, are recalling 3.4m vehicles sold worldwide because airbags supplied by Takata are at risk of catching fire or injuring passengers.
Manufacturers of cars and aircraft are committed to the use of fibre reinforced plastics. The common denominator here is technical textiles, with fibres made from carbon, aramid, glass and sustainable raw materials providing the backbone for many duroplastic and thermoplastic materials.
Future demands in automotive and aircraft seating, smart and lightweight textiles, and the benefits and costs of using lightweight materials were the main themes of the recent Innovative Seating 2013 conference held in Bonn, Germany, and organised by IQPC.
TRW Automotive Holdings revealed a new seatbelt concept in collaboration with Rinspeed at last month’s Geneva Motor Show.
Johnson Controls has announced the expansion of its interiors plant in East London, South Africa. The East London plant currently supplies interior components, including headliners and instrument panels for the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. It will create 200 new jobs and will also supply door panels in the future. The new building has 13,000 m2 of space for three assembly lines.
Lantal Textiles’ aircraft floorcoverings portfolio has been extended with a 100% polyamide (nylon) carpet called Polyamide Basic.
Energy harvesting devices in the form of fibres could soon be woven into lightweight, strong textiles for integration with structural composites, reports the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Arlington, Virginia, USA.
From autumn 2013, Autoneum will be producing acoustic and thermal management components for the growing Russian automobile market in Ryazan, about 200 km south-east of Moscow.
The recent Transportation Weight Loss Diet conference held in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, brought together designers, engineers, programme leaders and heads of industry from the global aerospace, automotive and rail industries. The two-day event was dedicated to cutting-edge research and technologies aimed at reducing weight without compromising safety, efficiency or performance.