Finishing process for improved interior hygiene in shared vehicles

A novel finishing process has been developed by Mica NanoTech, a spin-out from the University of Limerick, Ireland, for improved interior hygiene in future vehicle-sharing concepts.

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3D coating technology for interior textile surfaces

An additive manufacturing technology for textile surface finishing is now being offered for automotive textile interior applications.

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Honeycomb technology reduces Hyundai Creta’s trunk floor weight by 20%

EconCore, a Belgium-based producer of lightweight thermoplastic honeycomb core technology, and DPA Moldados, a Brazilian Tier 1 automotive supplier, have developed a technology that has reduced the weight of the Hyundai Creta’s trunk floor by 20%.

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Nonwovens exhibition rescheduled for 2021

The Index 20 nonwovens exhibition, which had already been rescheduled from April to October, has now been postponed to 7-10 September 2021.

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Alcantara restarts Italian plant with COVID-19 precautions

Automotive upholstery materials supplier Alcantara has reopened its Nera Montoro production and research and development facilities north of Rome, Italy.

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Cargo seat bags for passenger flights

The worldwide air travel ban as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has significantly reduced the number of passenger flights and threatened to produce a shortage of air cargo capacity.

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Woodward and Hexcel terminate merger agreement

Composites producer Hexcel and Woodward, a manufacturer of control systems and components for aircraft engines, have terminated their merger agreement, previously announced in January, under which the parties had agreed to combine in an all-stock merger of equals.

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Commercial-scale carbon fibre recycling

Carbon Fiber Recycling plans to recycle 2,000 tonnes of carbon fibre waste a year at its 3,250 m2 facility in Tazewell, Tennessee, USA.

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Cars of the future unveiled

In February, AutoTrader, the UK’s largest digital automotive marketplace, released a report looking at what a new car might look like in 10, 20 and even 30 years’ time, as the automotive industry evolves.

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