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A.W. Hainsworth acquires Replin Fabrics

A.W. Hainsworth & Sons has announced the purchase of Replin Fabrics from Moorbrook Textiles (reports Aircraft Interiors International). Replin Fabrics is a designer and manufacturer of fabric for national and international transportation.

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Fibre reinforced lining contains explosion in luggage hold of aircraft

A bomb-proof composite lining developed by an international team of scientists, including academics from the UK’s University of Sheffield, has successfully contained blasts in a series of controlled explosions in the luggage hold of a Boeing 747 and an Airbus A321.

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Autoneum starts construction of new production facility in Mexico

Autoneum has started construction of a new plant in Mexico. The Switzerland-based company said the decisive factor behind the expansion of its production capacities in this the North American growth market is high demand from global vehicle manufacturers for lightweight and multifunctional components.

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Ford’s world-first knee airbag in new Mustang

Ford has developed a new innovative knee airbag design for its new 2015 Mustang, becoming the first automaker to integrate an airbag within the glove box lid, instead of the instrument panel, to replace a separate knee airbag. The design also provides more room for front seat passengers.

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TWE buys automotive nonwovens supplier Isowood

Germany’s TWE Group has purchased a 90% stake in Isowood, a specialised nonwovens manufacturer using natural fibres, such as hemp, flax, kenaf and jute in conjunction with plastics.

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