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  • Sticking together

    November 27th 2018

    The use of a wide variety of materials throws-up significant production challenges and chief among those is joining. How can this plethora of materials be fixed together without affecting their structural integrity or their individual characteristics? James Bakewell finds out

  • Self-piercing earth stud

    July 11th 2018

    The new KSB earthing stud from Profil is self-piercing, removing the need for additional processes involved in either welding studs into place or having to drill holes and then bolt them on, claims the company…

  • Aluminium allegiance

    March 5th 2018

    Industry analysts are predicting a growth phase for aluminium content in the vehicle material mix. James Bakewell reports on the new grades and applications that underpin this claim

  • Editor’s note: High anxiety

    November 16th 2017

    We live in anxious times, if the headlines are to be believed. In the UK, Brexit has seemed to be less of a concern to the consuming public than it does to a nervous business community. But worries regarding what the future holds for the millions of diesel and petrol vehicles on the roads are now beginning to trouble their once-proud owners. The potential impact that the proposed ban on the sale of these vehicles might have on resale values, taxation and so on is now starting to weigh on the minds of motorists and potential new-car buyers, and certainly won’t help the recent slide in sales…

  • Still going strong

    October 31st 2017

    As November marks the 40th anniversary of the original press-hardened steel patent, AMS takes a look at how the technology has evolved and where it is heading next in an era of mixed-material vehicle production…

  • Toyota responds to Kobe quality issues

    October 19th 2017

    Japan – The vehicle-maker said it had examined data provided by Kobe Steel, which has admitted quality violations in aluminium and copper products, and “confirmed that the materials satisfy applicable statutory standards, and our own internal standard, for key safety and durability requirements for vehicles”. However, Toyota emphasised that its investigation was ongoing and that it was working to identify the impact of non-aluminium products…

  • The strength-ductility trade-off

    September 1st 2017

    High-strength, ductile steels could be processed on an industrial scale thanks to a new research project from WMG at the University of Warwick, UK. Lead researcher Alireza Rahnama says the project “showed how we can harness the strength of brittle phases – they are not easily shearable – and increase the overall ductility of lightweight steels”. Ultimately, it “provides fine directions for the design of new, lightweight steel”…

  • Tailor-made

    March 16th 2017

    With a total throughput capacity of 750,000 tonnes of metal per year, it is no surprise to discover the automotive industry is a major customer of the Tata Steelpark

  • Under contract

    March 7th 2017

    Valmet Automotive is experiencing rapid growth with a new Daimler contract to build its GLC SUV, partnership with a leading Chinese battery supplier and engineering acquisitions in Europe

  • McLaren to open composites facility

    February 9th 2017

    UK – The Composites Technology Centre in Sheffield will develop and manufacture the Monocell and Moncage carbon-fibre chassis in future McLaren cars. Construction work will begin in early 2017 and full production is scheduled for 2020. Meanwhile, pre-production chassis will be completed using trial processes at the nearby Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) at the University of Sheffield.

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