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Scandal-hit airbag maker files for bankruptcy in Japan and the US

Takata, the Japanese automotive supplier at the centre of an unprecedented global recall of exploding airbags, has filed for bankruptcy protection in Japan and the US, with its liabilities exceeding US$9bn, to address massive recall costs.

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New generation of hybrid carpets for the aircraft market

Lantal’s latest-generation hybrid carpets have been optimised with respect to weight and wear. They are said to combine the best properties of wool and polyamide: the wool fibre assures a good appearance while the polyamide fibre improves the carpet’s resilience.

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ZF develops seat-integrated centre airbag concept

ZF has developed a new advanced centre airbag system that can reduce the lateral movement and thus collision possibilities of the occupants in different crash scenarios.

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Camira transport design manager appointed

Ciara Crossan has been appointed transport design manager of UK-based Camira Fabrics. She will be managing the UK-based company’s transport design team; working directly with customers and the transport sales team to design, develop and implement new products for mass transportation in line with market, customer and environmental requirements.

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Automotive insulation from used clothing

France-based Laroche, a producer of textile recycling and nonwovens machinery, has developed a new processing line for a company in Guatemala to produce automotive insulation from used clothing.

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Improved acoustics for electric vehicles

A new fibrous material for automotive carpet systems, inner dashes and floor insulators, which acts as an acoustic insulator or absorber depending on its stiffness, has been launched by Autoneum.

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