Volvo to use 25% recycled plastic in new vehicles

Volvo has announced a target of using at least 25% recycled plastic in all new vehicles it produces by 2025.

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Quick and easy aviation carpet refurbishment

Desso Tarkett showcased its latest aviation carpet collection at Aircraft Interiors Expo 2018 in Hamburg, Germany.

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Tesla CEO hints at vegan leather for vehicle interiors

During the electric vehicle maker’s annual shareholder meeting last month, Tesla chief executive officer Elon Musk revealed that the design team is actively working on “veganising” its interiors, and assured attendees that the upcoming Model Y will be leather (and perhaps steering wheel) free.

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Senior management changes at Adient

Automotive seating supplier Adient has appointed Frederick Henderson as interim chief executive officer (CEO) and lead director John Barth as chairman.

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Bicomponent 3D spunbond nonwoven

The three-dimensional nonwovens market is dominated by needlepunched and air-through bonded carding processes using staple fibres.

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Co-operation with vehicle industry drives growth of composites

BMW and SGL, Ford and DowAksa, Hyundai and Hyosung, Mitsubishi and Wethje, Volvo and Benteler-SGL as well as Henkel – are just some of the examples of the close co-operation between major automakers and firms in the composites sector for putting innovative new applications into practice.

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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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