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    Major revision for global light vehicle production forecast – what it means for OEMs’ technology deployment
    The IHS Markit light vehicle production forecast has been cut by 6.2% or 5.02 million units in 2021, and by 9.3% or 8.45 million units in 2022, to stand at 75.8 million units and 82.6 million units, respectively. For 2023, we have reduced the forecast by 1.05 million units or 1.1% to 92 million unit...
    What Fit for 55 means for all member nations in the European Union
    Unveiling a roadmap to make Europe the world’s first climate neutral continent by 2050, the European Commission rolled out the ‘Fit for 55’ package on 14 July 2021, proposing that the suggestions made by the governing body be made legally binding for all members of the European Union (EU). ...
    19-Aug-2021 Insights Policy & Regulation Pinned
    Autoneum lowers revenue and earnings forecast for 2021
    Autoneum has lowered its revenue and earnings forecast for full year 2021 owing to the significantly reduced market expectations for global light vehicle production, the supplier announced in a press release on 28 October. The company now expects revenue in the second half of 2021 to ...
    Startup Morrow Batteries signs MoU with POSCO Chemical to secure supply of battery materials
    Oslo-based electric vehicle (EV) battery startup Morrow Batteries has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with chemical and energy materials company POSCO Chemical to jointly develop tailored, high-end electrode materials suited for applications in Morrow lithium-ion (Li-ion) cells, including...
    Magnesium shortage in context: A real threat or just a price spike?
    As the automotive sector struggles to sustain production in light of semiconductor shortages, new concerns emerge around the stability of the supply for magnesium, which is key to aluminum production, and is heavily sourced from Mainland China. The price of the raw material has recorded a three-fold...
    Constellium releases Q3 2021 financial results
    French aluminum supplier Constellium announced via press release on 27 October its financial results for the third quarter of 2021. According to the press release, the highlights of results were: Shipments of 395,000 metric tons, up 12% compared to third quarter 2020 Revenue of ...
    BASF releases Q3 2021 financial results
    German chemical company BASF announced via press release on 27 October its financial results for the third quarter of financial year 2021. According to the press release, the highlights of results were: Total sales of USD22.9 billion, USD6.85 billion higher than third quarter 2020’s ...
    Evonik launches new VESTAMID elastomer foam
    German specialty chemicals company Evonik announced via press release on 7 October the launch of its new VESTAMID® polyamide elastomer foam. According to the press release, the new foam, a modification of Evonik’s established polyamide elastomer VESTAMID® PEBA, has a density of 0.1 g/cm...
    28-Oct-2021 News New Products
    Axalta releases Q3 2021 financial results
    American coatings company Axalta announced via press release on 25 October its financial results for the third quarter of financial year 2021. According to the release, the highlights of the results were: A 6% year-over-year increase in net sales with a 14.1% growth in the Performance ...
    ArcelorMittal to reduce CO2 emissions with new DRI plant and electric furnaces
    Steelmaker ArcelorMittal Belgium announced via press release on 28 September that the governments of Belgium and Flanders had agreed to support its USD1.28 billion project to build a 2.5 million-tonne direct reduced iron (DRI) plant and install two new electric furnaces at its site in Ghen...
    27-Oct-2021 News Investments
    BASF, SVOLT partner to develop advance EV battery materials, recycling solutions
    German chemical company BASF and Chinese EV battery maker SVOLT have entered into an agreement to develop cathode active materials (CAM), raw materials supply and battery recycling for SVOLT’s battery cells, the company said in a press release on 25 October. “The cooperation will also enhance...
    Sabic opens new PP compounding line in Belgium
    Saudi chemical manufacturing company Sabic announced via press release on 7 October that it had started up its new polypropylene (PP) compounding line in Genk, Belgium with a virtual inauguration event. According to the press release, the new line is an addition to the company’s existing p...
    Hexcel begins construction of new R&D center in Utah, US
    American composites company Hexcel announced via press release on 12th October that it had begun construction on its new Center of Research & Technology Excellence in West Valley City, Utah. According to the press release, the center’s 100,000-square-foot building once completed in late 202...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 25 October 2021
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    Lanxess partners with bp to sustainably produce automotive plastics
    German specialty chemicals company Lanxess announced via press release on 13 October that it had entered into a strategic partnership with energy company for the use of sustainable raw materials in high-tech plastics production. According to the release, bp will supply sustainably produced c...
    EIB grants ArcelorMittal USD326 million loan for decarbonization R&D
    Luxembourg-based steelmaker ArcelorMittal announced via press release on 27 September that the European Investment Bank (EIB) backed by the Investment Plan for Europe had agreed to provide the company a USD326 million (EUR280 million) loan to fund the group’s European research and development prog...
    25-Oct-2021 News Investments
    Magna releases 2021 outlook on declined light vehicle production
    Magna expects total sales for 2021 to be in the range of USD35.4–36.4 billion, compared with USD38.0–39.5 billion, owing to the expected decline in 2021 light vehicle production, it said in a press release on 20 October. “Adjusted EBIT margin is now expected to be in the 5.1% to 5.4%...
    22-Oct-2021 News COVID-19
    Hopium and Saint-Gobain form joint venture to develop windows for hydrogen-powered Machina
    Hopium and Saint-Gobain have signed a partnership agreement to co-develop windows for the hydrogen-powered Machina sedan, Hopium said in a press release on 21 October. “We are proud to be able to collaborate with a major player in the French industrial heritage, within the framework of the de...
    Gestamp to use ArcelorMittal’s XCarb green steel certificates
    Spanish automotive supplier Gestamp Automoción, S.A. announced via press release on 20 October that it had signed an agreement with Luxembourger steel manufacturer ArcelorMittal to start using XCarb® green steel certificates for the production of automotive components, as part of its sustaina...
    Pöppelmann to invest USD19.2 million in North Carolina facility
    The North Carolina Department of Commerce announced via press release on 15 October that German plastics fabricator Pöppelmann Plastics had agreed to invest more than USD19.2 million to expand its Claremont manufacturing campus to accommodate an automotive production line. According to the ...
    22-Oct-2021 News Investments
    Hyundai chooses IDI’s Fortium material for the 2022 Santa Cruz SAV’s Truck Box
    American manufacturer of thermoset molding compounds IDI Composites announced via press release on 19 October that its trademarked Fortium material had been selected for the truck box of the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Sport Adventure Vehicle (SAV). IDI’s Fortium material portfolio, offering 4...
    BASF, KIT team up to evaluate opportunities of multilayered anodes for Li-ion batteries
    Producer of chemicals and lightweight materials BASF and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have teamed up to investigate the formulation boundary conditions in multilayer battery coatings within a research project supported by public cofunding, the company said in a press release on 19 October...
    Umicore signs long-term lithium supply contracts with Ganfeng and Vulcan
    Brussels-based materials technology company Umicore has signed long-term lithium supply agreements with Ganfeng Lithium Co., Ltd. and Vulcan Energy Resources, it said in a press release on 15 October. Both contracts have an initial duration of five years and can be extended upon mutual agreement, it...
    Solvay to develop next-gen solid-state battery electrolytes using EU funding
    Belgian chemical company Solvay announced via press release on 19th October that it had started developing the next generation of solid-state electrolytes for electric vehicle (EV) batteries using funding provided by the EU Important Projects of Common European Interest (IPCEI) programme. Accordi...
    Plasman acquires Minghua to expand North American operations
    Canadian automotive trim supplier Plasman announced via press release on 13th October that it had acquired American Tier 1 manufacturing and sequencing company Minghua. According to the release, the move, primarily aimed at acquiring Minghua’s South Carolina production facility, will allow Plas...
    Nippon Steel sues Toyota and Baosteel over electrical steel sheet patent infringement
    Japanese steelmaker Nippon Steel announced via press release on 14th October that it had filed lawsuits seeking compensatory damages before Tokyo District Court against Chinese steelmaker Baosteel and Japanese OEM Toyota alleging their infringement of Nippon’s patent relating to non-oriented elect...
    Porsche commercializes 3D-printed bodyform full bucket seat
    Porsche has launched sale of the new 3D-printed bucket seats, the company announced in a press release on 14 October. The seat is available for Porsche models such as Boxster, Cayman, and 911 under Porsche Tequipment. "Seats adapted to individual drivers have been available for a long time in pro...
    18-Oct-2021 News New Products
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 18 October 2021
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    Autoneum develops battery electromagnetic shield for electric vehicles EVs
    Swiss automotive supplier Autoneum Holding AG announced via press release on 14 October that it had developed a battery electromagnetic shield (EMS) using stamped aluminum. According to the press release, the new EMS prevents electromagnetic radiation from the battery from affecting the func...
    18-Oct-2021 News New Products
    DAG Tech to invest USD10 million in Michigan to manufacture decorative wheel trims
    The Office of the Governor of the State of Michigan, United States, announced via a press release on 12th October that auto supplier DAG Technology will be investing USD10 million to establish a new manufacturing facility in the Grand Blanc Township. According to the press release, DAG plans to b...
    15-Oct-2021 News Investments
    PPG appoints Vincent Robin VP of global automotive coatings
    PPG has appointed Vincent Robin as VP, Global Automotive Coatings, it said in a press release on 11 October. Robin will lead the company’s strategy focusing on commercial growth for global automotive coatings. Robin joined PPG in 1987 and moved through the organization where he held vital posit...
    Recticel announces plan to sell Engineered Foams business
    Recticel has decided to dispose the Engineered Foams business, it said in a press release on 11 October. The decision comes with due consideration from the Board of Directors and Stakeholders to explore an independent Recticel without the Engineered Foams Business arm. The transaction depicts the...
    Alumobility study reveals aluminum top hat can save significant weight compared to steel
    Alumobility’s technical study reveals that use of aluminum in the top hat structure can bring the overall weight down compared to steel, it said in a press release on 11 October. The study disclosed that fewer parts can be used in the construction. Alumobility in a conference for Automotive Cir...
    Sayona to acquire Moblan Lithium Project in Northern Quebec for USD86.5 million
    Australian mining company Sayona announced via press release on 30 September that it would be acquiring the Moblan Lithium Project in the Eeyou‐Istchee James Bay region of Northern Québec. According to the release, under an agreement with Lithium Royalty Corp. (LRC), Sayona will acquire L...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly –11 October 2021
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    Renault partners with Terrafame for supply of nickel sulphate
    French automotive manufacturer Renault announced via press release on 8 October that it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the future supply of nickel sulphate with Finnish multimetal company Terrafame. According to the release, Renault Group will procure a supply of nickel s...
    Hitachi and Hitachi Astemo jointly develop in-wheel EV direct-drive system
    Japanese companies Hitachi and Hitachi Astemo announced via press release on 1 October that they had jointly developed a compact lightweight direct-drive system for the increasingly popular electric vehicle (EV) segment. According to the press release, the direct-drive system combines the motor, ...
    11-Oct-2021 News New Products
    BMW Group invests in US based lithium extraction technology startup Lilac Solutions
    To promote environment-friendly, resource-efficient extraction of lithium required for its large-scale electric vehicle (EV) plans, the BMW Group, through its venture capital fund BMW i Ventures, is investing in an innovative process developed by the US-based lithium extraction technology startup, L...
    07-Oct-2021 News Investments
    General Motors, GE Renewable Energy sign MoU for supplies of rare earth materials
    American vehicle manufacturer General Motors (GM) has signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with GE Renewable Energy to secure supplies of heavy and light rare earth materials and magnets, copper and electrical steel that are used for manufacturing of electric vehicles (EVs) and ren...
    Sigma Lithium, LG Energy sign six-year agreement for supply of battery grade lithium
    Canadian mining company Sigma Lithium Corporation has signed a binding term sheet for an offtake agreement on a ‘take or pay’ basis for the sale of 6% battery-grade high purity and environmentally sustainable lithium concentrate to one of the leading electric vehicle (EV) battery makers, LG Ener...
    Major revision for global light vehicle production forecast – what it means for OEMs’ technology deployment
    The IHS Markit light vehicle production forecast has been cut by 6.2% or 5.02 million units in 2021, and by 9.3% or 8.45 million units in 2022, to stand at 75.8 million units and 82.6 million units, respectively. For 2023, we have reduced the forecast by 1.05 million units or 1.1% to 92 million unit...
    Henkel develops one-component UV cured in place gasketing product for electrical components
    Henkel Adhesive Technologies has developed Loctite AA 5885, a one-component polyacrylate cured in place gasketing product to protect sensitive automotive electrical components, it said in a press release on 4 October. Henkel says the new product offers durability even when exposed to high pressur...
    05-Oct-2021 News New Products
    Magna announces termination of merger agreement with Veoneer
    Magna International Inc. today announced that the board of directors of Veoneer, Inc. has determined that the previously announced proposal by Qualcomm Incorporated to acquire Veoneer for USD37 per share is a superior proposal under the terms of the previously announced merger agreement between Magn...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 4 October 2021
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    Adient ends JV in China in a strategic plan to drive business independently
    Supplier of automotive seating systems, Adient announced on 30 September that it has ended its Chinese joint venture—Yanfeng Adient Seating Co., Ltd. (YFAS)—with partner Yanfeng Automotive Trim Systems Ltd. (YF) in a strategic plan to drive its business independently in the world’s largest aut...
    Kia selects low-noise Kumho K-silent tires for new EV6
    Korean tire manufacturer Kumho Tyres announced via press release on 9 September that its low-noise all-season CRUGEN HP71 and high-performance ECSTA PS71 tires had been selected by Korean OEM Kia for its EV6 battery-electric vehicle. According to the press release, the two selected tires exh...
    Nano One signs MoU with Auto OEM to develop LNMO batteries
    Canadian battery materials company Nano One announced via press release on 30th September that it had signed an MoU with a global automotive OEM to evaluate manganese rich cathode materials for potential use in automotive scale battery cells. According to the press release, the MoU, signed after ...
    Hexcel partners with HP Composites to develop carbon fiber body panels
    US composites company Hexcel Corporation announced via press release on 28 September that it is collaborating with Italian part supplier HP Composites to develop carbon fiber automotive Class A body panels. According to the press release, Hexcel’s HexPly® XF surfacing technology is being used ...
    Avient launches new TPEs made from recycled car windshields
    US specialty materials provider Avient announced via press release on 19 August that it had launched a new portfolio of TPEs that use recycled content from automotive windshields. According to the release, the new TPEs, part of Avient’s reSound™ R recycled-content thermoplastic elastomers (TP...
    29-Sep-2021 News New Products
    Adient and Covestro partner to develop cardyon®-based vehicle seat cushions
    German chemical company Covestro announced via press release on 22 September that it was partnering with American automotive seating supplier Adient to develop seat cushion foams made using polyol solutions. According to the release, Adient will be integrating cardyon®, a polyol made using ...
    Robert Bosch Venture Capital launches new investment platform for China
    The corporate venture arm of the Bosch Group, Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH (RBVC) has set up its new investment platform called Boyuan Private Equity Capital Management Company Ltd. (or Boyuan Capital), based in Shanghai, the company announced on 27 September. Boyuan Capital will focus on ma...
    Advanced materials startup Lyten introduces next-generation lithium-sulphur batteries for EVs
    California-based advanced materials startup Lyten has introduced the next generation lithium-sulfur (Li-S) battery platform—LytCell EV—for electric vehicles (EVs), the company said in a press release on 22 September. According to Lyten, the next generation ‘Silicon Valley’ battery innovat...
    27-Sep-2021 News New Products
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 27 September 2021
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    CENEX-LCV 2021: Astheimer, BAMD, Potenza, and Conjure unveil EV roadster Aura
    Aura, an electric 2-seater sports car concept was unveiled by a quartet of British companies at the CENEX-LCV show at the Millbrook Proving Grounds on 22 September. According to the Aura website, the concept car, a low-emission long-range EV designed for sustainability, was designed, develop...
    27-Sep-2021 News New Products
    Teijin Group to consolidate composite part manufacturing subsidiaries under single brand
    Japanese conglomerate Teijin Limited announced via press release on 22 September that it will be consolidating its five different automotive composite parts manufacturing subsidiaries under a single Teijin Automotive Technologies brand name. According to the press release, the consolidation ...
    Lotus unveils lightweight modular chassis for upcoming EV range
    British automotive company Lotus announced via press release on 21 September an innovative new lightweight chassis technology that will underpin its upcoming family of electric sports cars. According to the press release, the chassis structure, designed using high-strength, high-ductility BD...
    24-Sep-2021 News New Products
    Circular Economy: The road to material circularity in the automotive industry
    The importance of the automotive industry’s role in the global economy’s path toward complete material circularity came into focus this month when the IAA Mobility 2021 Auto Show chose to include sustainability as one of its product themes. This article provides a brief overview of how the ...
    Alcoa to restart aluminum smelting plant in Brazil
    American aluminum producer Alcoa announced via press release on 20 September that it will be restarting 268,000 metric tons per year of aluminum capacity at the Alumar smelter in São Luís, Brazil immediately. According to the press release, the smelting facility which had been curtailed si...
    Axalta lowers Q3 financial guidance by USD40 million citing chip shortage and inflation
    US coating systems supplier Axalta Coating Systems Ltd announced via press release on 20 September that it was updating its third quarter and full-year 2021 financial guidance given the ongoing supply chain issues its mobility customers are experiencing as well as continued raw material inflation an...
    SABIC launches new resin for automotive under-the-hood applications
    Saudi chemical company Sabic announced via press release on 13 September that it had introduced a new polymer resin, NORYL GTX™ 9500, that offers excellent dimensional stability under hot and humid conditions. According to the press release, the new resin joins Sabic’s portfolio of unfil...
    21-Sep-2021 News New Products
    INEOS Styrolution introduces new styrene resins made using recycled waste
    German styrenic supplier INEOS Styrolution announced via press release on 8 September that it had introduced new styrene plastic resins made using mechanically recycled post-consumer waste. According to the press release, the new Novodur® ECO specialty ABS and Novodur® ECO High Heat grades...
    21-Sep-2021 News New Products
    Solvay installs new thermoplastic composite line in Greenville plant
    Belgian chemical company Solvay S.A. announced via press release on 16 September that it had completed the installation of a new thermoplastic composites (TPC) manufacturing line at its Greenville, South Carolina facility. According to the press release, the new TPC line at full production c...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 20 September 2021
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    Sibanye-Stillwater and ioneer establish 50:50 JV for ioneer’s Nevada Lithium project
    South African mining company Sibanye-Stillwater announced via press release on 16 September that it was establishing a 50:50 joint venture (JV) with Australian lithium-boron supplier ioneer Limited with respect to the Rhyolite Ridge Lithium-Boron project in Nevada, US. According to the press...
    IAA Mobility 2021: Michelin showcases new tire concepts and technologies at show
    French tire manufacturer Michelin unveiled its vision for tomorrow’s mobility by showcasing its new tire concepts and technologies aimed at sustainability at the 2021 IAA Mobility Show held in Munich between 7 and 12 September. The first tire that Michelin presented at the show was the Uptis co...
    Continental partners with Security Matters to track natural rubber supply chain
    German tire manufacturer Continental announced via press release on 17 September that it was partnering with Australian-based blockchain technology company Security Matters (SMX) to develop and test a special marker technology for natural rubber. According to the press release, the special marker...
    Freudenberg Sealing Technologies displays EV components at the Battery Show, USA
    Freudenberg Sealing Technologies showcased newly developed, innovative thermally-conductive and electrically-insulating (or TCEI) materials that are used in manufacturing bobbins for electric motors, along with other EV-specific components and battery systems at the Battery Show in Novi, Michigan, U...
    17-Sep-2021 News New Products
    Axalta Mobility breaks ground on new coatings facility in Northern China
    Liquid and powder coatings supplier Axalta broke ground for construction of a coatings facility in Jilin City, Jilin Province, North China, the company announced in a press release on 16 September. The 46,000-square-meter plant is scheduled to open in 2023 and will mainly produce basecoats, prime...
    17-Sep-2021 News Investments
    CATL and BASF announce partnership on battery materials solutions
    Chinese battery manufacturer CATL announced via press release on 16th September that it will be partnering with German multinational chemical company BASF to develop a localized Li-ion battery supply chain and recycling network in Europe. According to the press release, CATL intends to use to imp...
    Axalta Coating Systems completes acquisition of U-POL Holdings
    Liquid and powder coatings supplier Axalta Coating Systems today announced that it has successfully completed the previously announced acquisition of U-POL Holdings Limited. U-POL is a supplier of paint, protective coatings and accessories primarily for the automotive aftermarket. "The acquisitio...
    LIGENTEC and X-FAB to create Europe's largest capacity PIC foundry service
    German specialty semiconductor producer X-FAB Silicon Foundries announced via a press release on 14 September that it was partnering with Swiss photonic integrated circuits (PICs) manufacturer LIGENTEC to create Europe’s largest capacity foundry service for integrated photonic circuits. Ac...
    TDK launches new ceramic capacitors for automotive electronics applications
    Japanese multinational electronics company TDK announced via a press release on 14 September that it had expanded its CN series of multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) to include four new products, two of which are specifically designed for automotive passive electronics applications. The n...
    16-Sep-2021 News New Products
    Startup Redwood Materials to produce Li-ion battery materials in the US
    American battery recycling startup Redwood Materials Inc. announced via a press release on 14 September that it will be producing anode copper foils and cathode active lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery materials in the US and supplying them to battery cell manufacturers. The company expects to annou...
    Piedmont Lithium to participate in 3 investor conferences in September
    Australian Lithium mining company Piedmont Lithium announced via Press Release on 13th September that it will be participating in three major industry investor conferences in September. According to the release, the three conferences are: H.C. Wainwright 23rd Annual Global Investment Confer...
    Unifrax to showcase silicon fiber battery anode technology at Novi Battery show
    According to a 9th September Businesswire news article, American specialty materials manufacturing company Unifrax will be presenting its SiFAB Silicon fiber Anode Battery Technology at the Novi Battery Show and the Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo this year. The Show and Expo are ...
    Continental launches SportContact 7 tires for performance cars
    German automotive parts manufacturer Continental announced via press release on 8 September that it had released the 7th generation of its SportContact tire and that it would be available in the autumn of this year. According to the press release, a total of 42 articles will be available thi...
    14-Sep-2021 News New Products
    Li-Cycle to establish new Li-ion battery recycling facility in Alabama, US
    Canadian lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery resource recovery and recycler, Li-Cycle Holdings, has announced that it will be setting up its fourth commercial Li-ion battery recycling facility. According to a press release issued by Li-Cycle on 8 September, the new plant will be located in Tuscaloosa, Alab...
    13-Sep-2021 News Investments
    IAA Mobility 2021: Pirelli unveils new sustainable tires for hybrids and EVs at show
    Italian tire manufacturer Pirelli announced via press release on 9 September that it had equipped nearly one in three electric cars at the 2021 International IAA Mobility Show in Munich with its P Zero and Scorpion tires. According to the press release, the new P Zero tires containing Elect ...
    13-Sep-2021 News New Products
    Piedmont Lithium acquires 9.9% of IronRidge Resources
    Piedmont Lithium Inc. has announced that it has completed a 9.9% investment in IronRidge Resources. According to a press release issued by Piedmont Lithium on 31 August, this investment is part of a project agreement with IronRidge Resources (IRR) to acquire up to 50% of IRR’s lithium portfolio in...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 13 September 2021
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    IAA Mobility 2021: BMW unveils sustainability-focused i Vision Circular concept
    German vehicle manufacturer BMW announced via a press release on 6 September that it would be unveiling its sustainability-focused i Vision Circular concept vehicle at the IAA Mobility this year. According to the company’s press release, the new compact vehicle, designed for the ...
    10-Sep-2021 News New Products
    IAA Mobility 2021: Continental unveils new Greenconcept tire
    German automotive parts manufacturer Continental announced in a press release on 6 September that it would be unveiling its Greenconcept sustainable tire at the IAA Mobility this year. According to the company’s press release, roughly 52% of the new Greenconcept tire is made ...
    10-Sep-2021 News New Products
    SABIC to feature innovative ELCRES™ HTV150 dielectric film at PCIM Asia 2021
    Saudi chemical manufacturing company Sabic announced via press release on 6 September that it will be featuring its new ELCRES™ HTV150 dielectric film at the PCIM Asia 2021 exhibition taking place in Shenzhen, China, between 9 and 11 September. According to the press release, the new film was d...
    09-Sep-2021 News New Products
    Ferodo develops new Fuse+ Technology brake pad
    British braking components supplier Ferodo announced on its blog on 3 September that it had developed a new automotive brake pad, Ferodo Fuse+ Technology, that it believes can bridge the gap between automotive braking performance and comfort. According to the company’s blog post, the new Fuse+ ...
    09-Sep-2021 News New Products
    PPG starts up automotive sealant manufacturing plant in Morocco
    US supplier of paints, coatings, and specialty materials PPG announced via a press release on 12 August the startup of a new automotive sealants manufacturing plant in Tangier, Morocco. The production facility, PPG’s first in Africa, will initially supply materials for Renault Group’s Dacia...
    09-Sep-2021 News Investments
    Axalta to showcase coatings for EV batteries and motors at Novi Battery Show
    US manufacturer of liquid and powder coatings Axalta announced on 7 September via a press release that it will be unveiling a portfolio of powder coatings at The Battery Show North America being held in Novi, Michigan, from 14 to 16 September. According to the release, the Axalta booth ...
    08-Sep-2021 News New Products
    Hatch awarded engineering design contract for the Nolans NdPr mining project
    Australian mineral exploration company Arafura Resources Limited announced via a press release on 30 August that it had appointed Canadian engineering and development consultancy Hatch to carry out engineering and procurement services at the Nolans hydrometallurgical plant. According to Arafura, ...
    BMW to reduce lifecycle carbon emissions using innovative sustainable materials
    Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG Oliver Zipse announced at a media event in Munich on the 2 September that BMW Group aims to reduce lifecycle carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by more than 40% by 2030 by employing a unique sustainability strategy to the use of materials in its ca...
    Cicor selects SABIC’s LNP™ THERMOCOMP™ compounds to produce high-end 3D-MIDs
    Swiss circuit boards and hybrid circuits manufacturer Cicor announced on the 2 September that it had selected Saudi chemical manufacturing company’s LNP™ THERMOCOMP™ compounds to produce its portfolio of high-end 3D molded interconnect devices (3D-MIDs). According to the press release from ...
    Webasto to showcase innovative roof solutions for autonomous driving and EVs
    According to official press release dated 3 September, Webasto announced that it will present innovative roof for autonomous driving, efficient heating system, passenger car battery and smart-charging solution. Lidar sensors and cameras for autonomous driving are integrated into the large panoram...
    07-Sep-2021 News New Products
    NODAR, Inalfa Roof Systems partner to present in-roof camera-based 3D vision technology
    NODAR, the leading provider of multi-camera 3D vision technology, has announced a collaboration with Inalfa Roof Systems Group, a global advanced engineering company owned by Beijing Hainachuan Automotive Parts Co., Ltd. It will demonstrate camera-based, high-performance 3D vision tec...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 06 September 2021
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    US Department of Energy grants USD30 million for R&D on critical materials
    The US Department of Energy (DOE) has granted a funding of USD30 million for 13 national lab and university-led research projects to develop new technologies that will help secure the supply of critical materials required for building clean energy technologies, including the electric vehicle (EV) ba...
    Nissan, Waseda University jointly working on recycling process for EV motors
    Japanese carmaker Nissan Motor Company and Tokyo-based Waseda University have commenced testing a jointly developed recycling process that efficiently recovers high-purity rare-earth compounds from electrified vehicle motor magnets, the company announced on 3 September. The joint testing is aimed...
    Continental's sensIC project integrates printed electronics into rubber
    German automotive parts manufacturer Continental announced on 2 September that it had initiated research project sensIC at the Center for Functional Printing Technologies in Freiburg, Germany, toward integrating rubber components with sensor technology. According to the company’s press rel...
    06-Sep-2021 News New Products
    American Battery Metals Corp. appoints current CTO Ryan Melsert as its new CEO
    American Battery Metals Corporation (ABTC), an American lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery recycling technology and advanced battery metal extraction company, announced on 30 August the appointment of current company CTO Ryan Melsert as its new CEO. According to the company’s press release, Melsert b...
    BASF develops lightweight panorama roof frame using high speed plastic
    German multinational chemical company BASF announced on 31 August that it had successfully validated the use of its Ultradur® High Speed PBT Engineering Plastic in open panorama headliner frames. According to the company’s press release, the PBT panorama frame, developed in conjunction with Grupo...
    06-Sep-2021 News New Products
    PPG to showcase EV battery coatings at automotive technology events in Michigan
    Pennsylvania-based specialty chemicals company PPG plans to display its growing portfolio of electric vehicle (EV) battery solutions, including an innovative cathode binder that helps increase lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery production efficiency and safety, at the upcoming automotive events—The Batt...
    03-Sep-2021 News New Products
    SABIC introduces new resins containing recycled content for automotive applications
    Saudi multinational chemical manufacturing company SABIC introduced on 2 September its first three automotive-grade resins containing mechanically recycled content. The three new resins, namely the SABIC® T2E-3320EH polypropylene (PP) compound, the XENOY™ T2NX2500UV resin, and...
    03-Sep-2021 News New Products
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    BASF and Ningbo Shanshan partner to set up battery materials JV in mainland China
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    Inalfa roof systems appoints Linda Gao as CEO
    According to a press release published on PR Newswire on 31 August, Inalfa Roof Systems, a global leader in the automotive industry based in the Netherlands, announced the immediate appointment of Linda Gao as the company's new president and CEO. Gao took over as president and CEO of the company in ...
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