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  • The plastic problem

    April 12th 2019

    Dealing with pollution caused by waste plastic is high on the agenda for governments and environmental agencies. James Bakewell reports on how vehicle makers are making use of recycled plastics

  • Customising production

    January 11th 2019

    James Bakewell reports on BMW’s growing use of additively produced parts in both vehicle personalising and series production applications

  • Paintshop 4.0

    January 10th 2019

    Nick Holt visits Eisenmann’s technology centre in Holzgerlingen, near Stuttgart, for a preview of the latest skidless paintshop technology prior to its installation at the Daimler plant at Kecskemét

  • Casting a duo

    January 8th 2019

    Two innovative metal forming techniques could have a significant impact on the press shop of the future

  • Box clever

    January 8th 2019

    There is no need to shut down automated paintshops to change the filters. A patented system developed by Edrizzi is helping to ensure non-stop operations in the paintshop process

  • Show and tell

    January 8th 2019

    Cost savings and reduced installation time are the result of Profil’s self-piercing stud, as visitors discovered at the NEAA Expo 2018

  • Pressing matters

    January 8th 2019

    ABB robots are helping IndiKar make advanced high-tech steel for special protection vehicles

  • The clean machines

    November 29th 2018

    Paintshop cleanliness is a vital aspect of the coating application process. Mike Farish finds out what it takes to keep the paint finish blemish-free

  • Paint technology and investments

    November 29th 2018

    We report on the new technology, techniques and investments in the world of paintshop being implemented by vehicle-makers around the world…

  • Cool paint for hot cars

    November 27th 2018

    Ferrari is renowned for the high quality paint finish on its super cars. So creating a workable paint formulation that would cure at much lower temperatures without compromising these exacting standard would be a challenge. PPG’s Technical director, William Brunat, discusses the project with Nick Holt