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European Commission announces fines

The European Commission (EC) has announced fines for car parts makers Autoliv and TRW (now acquired by ZF Friedrichshafen) for a cartel in the supply of airbags, seatbelts and steering wheels to the Volkswagen and BMW groups.

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New automotive ‘sandwich’ material presented

ThermHex Waben presented its lightweight Organosandwich semi-finished product at the Plastics in Automotive Engineering conference in Mannheim, Germany, from 3-4 April.

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Freudenberg starts up new headliner production line in China

A new production line for car headliners has come into operation at the Suzhou, eastern China, plant of Freudenberg & Vilene Nonwovens, a joint venture between Japan Vilene and Freudenberg Performance Materials, the technical textiles specialist of the Freudenberg Group.

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Thomas Cook introduces beds in economy class

UK-based leisure carrier Thomas Cook Airlines is introducing the Sleeper Seat, a flat-bed option for economy class.

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Marine reinforcement fabric launched

Ahlstrom-Munksjö has launched a new option from its HighFlow range of reinforcement fabrics for the marine market.

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Williams to revolutionise aircraft interiors using F1 technology

Williams Advanced Engineering, the Formula One racing team’s technology and engineering services business, is collaborating with JPA Design to revolutionise future aircraft interiors through the application of F1-derived technology and world-class cabin design.

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Innovative nonwovens from recycled waste

France-based Laroche, a manufacturer of textile recycling, airlay web-forming and bast fibre processing equipment, is developing collaborative solutions to turn post-consumer products, such as clothing, carpets, car seats, airbags and mattresses, into usable fibres.

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