Self-cleaning aircraft seats under development

Recaro Aircraft Seating is reported to be developing a self-cleaning aircraft seat infused with a disinfectant that destroys almost every germ on contact within seconds using a newly developed antibacterial film.

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Andritz needlepunch line starts in Mexico

Andritz has started up a complete neXline needlepunch line for the production of needlepunched velour felts for the automotive market at Autoneum’s plant in San Luis Potosí, Mexico.

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Holmbergs acquires Fasching Safety Belts

Holmbergs Safety System of Sweden is acquiring the Austria-based Fasching Safety Belts, a provider of safety belts for the bus and motor coach industry, as well as commercial vehicles and wheelchairs, with annual revenues of €10m.

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NASA Space Technology Award for 3D material

Bally Ribbon Mills, a designer, developer and manufacturer of specialised engineered woven fabrics, has received a Space Technology Award from NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) for weaving the three-dimensional (3D) material used to support the Heat-shield for Extreme Entry Environment Technology (HEEET) team.

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Future of bio-based polymers outlined in new report

Germany-based Nova-Institute has published a new market report about trends in the bio-based polymers market.

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Autoneum opens first plant in Hungary

Automotive component supplier Autoneum is expanding its European production capacities and has opened a plant for the manufacture of lightweight components for acoustic and thermal management in Komárom, Hungary.

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Takata whistleblowers receive US$1.13m

US law firm Constantine Cannon has announced that two of its whistleblower clients will receive more than US$1.13m to settle their claims for whistleblower awards for information they provided to the US government in its criminal case against Takata, the now-bankrupt maker of defective airbags.

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Record order from BMW for Faurecia seating business

Faurecia has been awarded a record contract for its seating business by BMW Group. This represents the highest single order intake ever for the France-based company in terms of sales volume.

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E-Leather launches lightweight aviation material

The latest aviation innovation from high-tech materials company E-Leather was revealed at last month’s Aircraft Interiors Expo to a select number of key customers.

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