Prospects for composites in automobile manufacturing

At the recent 6th Aachen-Dresden Textile Conference held in Dresden, Germany, Heinrich Timm of Audi summarised the prospects for composites in automobile manufacturing. Lightweight design and construction will have a key position and this offers opportunities for high-performance fibres when used correctly in composites. The potential for lightweight design include:

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Prototype with permanent built-in self-cleaning effect

TWD Fibres has developed a super-hydrophobic filament yarn with a permanent built-in self-cleaning effect that could have application in automotive interior textiles.

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Teijin JV begins full-scale production of airbag fabrics in China

Teijin Frontier, the Teijin Group’s fibre product converting company, has started full-scale production at NI Teijin Airbag Fabric (Nantong), a joint venture (JV) engaged in manufacturing and sales of fabrics for automotive airbags.

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Easily cleanable and wearable textile seat covers and carpets

The Technology & Design Forum of the Railway & Mass Transit Interiors Technology & Design Expo 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, provided a three-day conference into new product and service innovations and case studies, including textile seat covers and carpets in trains.

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Global cabin interior revenue expected to double by 2020

At the recent Smart Aircraft Cabin Interiors Conference in Hamburg, Germany, organised by IQPC, lightweight and green solutions to reduce the carbon dioxide footprint and become more sustainable and cost-efficient were discussed.

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Lightweight, sound-absorbing polyester used in Mitsubishi Outlander

Teijin has announced that its V-Lap lightweight, sound-absorbing polyester material has been selected for use in the floor carpet of the new Mitsubishi Outlander, a midsize crossover vehicle that launched in Japan in October.

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Novel flame-retardant transportation fibres featured at Dornbirn congress

Several presentations at September’s Man-Made Fibers Congress in Dornbirn, Austria, highlighted new flame-retardant (FR) fibre developments that indicate recent trends in this area.

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Autoliv makes airbag investment in China

Automotive safety company Autoliv has started the construction of a new facility in China that will manufacture propellant for its airbags in Asian markets. The cost for the new plant is estimated to amount to US$33m, making it the single largest capital expenditure in the company’s history. The propellant plant will be Autoliv’s 12th manufacturing facility in China.

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Fire-blocker for aircraft seating dress covers

At the recent Aircraft Interiors Expo Americas, SABIC’s Innovative Plastics business showcased its co-development efforts with National Nonwovens to create a fire-blocker for all aircraft seating dress covers.

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Lightweight leno carpets for automobiles and aircraft

At the recent Carpet Conference held in Ghent, Belgium, attended by 250 participants, Geert De Clercq of the Department of Textiles at Ghent University presented an interesting approach for using leno fabrics to make lightweight automotive carpets.

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