Biodegradable seat covers in concept car

Austrian cellulosic fibre producer Lenzing has partnered with a Switzerland-based automotive think-tank to introduce highly sustainable fibres for automotive interiors in Rinspeed’s latest concept vehicle called MicroSnap.

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Hexcel to merge with Woodward

Composites producer Hexcel is to merge with Woodward, a manufacturer of control systems and components for aircraft engines headquartered in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA.

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Antolin Interiors to close UK factory

Automotive parts producer Antolin Interiors UK has announced it will close its factory at Hartlip, near Sittingbourne, Kent, UK, which could lead to the loss of 300 jobs.

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Adient to sell 30% YFAI stake to Yanfeng

Automotive seating supplier Adient is to sell its 30% stake in Yanfeng Global Automotive Interior Systems (YFAI) to Yanfeng Automotive Trim Systems for US$379m.

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Insulation solutions for electric vehicles

With the removal of engine noise in electric vehicles (EVs), other noise sources become more apparent and require acoustic insulation treatment.

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Conference on future of automotive interiors

A conference on the future of automotive interiors will be held during the Automotive Interiors Expo Europe from 16-18 June in Stuttgart, Germany.

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Detecting driver drowsiness using steering wheel cover

A Purdue University industrial engineering graduate has developed a technology for determining when a driver is drowsy.

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New design for economy aircraft seating will make it easier to sleep

A new aircraft seat design comes with “padded wings” that fold out from behind both sides of the seat back, allowing additional privacy and a cushioned spot to rest heads for sleep for economy passengers.

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Trivantage launches curated marine upholstery collection

Trivantage, a provider of fabrics, hardware and accessories, has launched the Marine Upholstery Collection, a curated range of fabric options for marine upholstery projects.

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Estonian start-up wins Green Alley Award for eco-friendly textile alternative to leather

Estonian materials start-up Gelatex Technologies has received the 2019 Green Alley Award. The company’s gelatine-based eco-friendly textile alternative to leather beat competition from five other start-ups in the circular economy during a live-pitch event in October in Berlin, Germany.

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