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  • A focus on fibres

    November 27th 2018

    Lightweight, high-strength benefits are being offset by materials and process costs. James Bakewell looks at the challenges of making carbon fibre cost effective

  • Power from plastics

    November 11th 2018

    James Bakewell speaks to thermoset plastics specialists Pieter Vanderstraeten and Hendrik De Keyser about the increasing scope for composite powertrain components

  • CSP invests in sheet molding

    July 31st 2018

    France – Continental Structural Plastics is looking to up its game in the production of composites for the European market

  • The wonder material

    May 14th 2018

    A number of composite automotive parts enhanced with graphene were on show at JEC World in March this year. How will this material play a role in the automotive industry

  • Weighing up the options

    March 21st 2018

    The automotive industry appears to be on the brink of a paradigm shift towards electrification, ride sharing and autonomy – and the world’s leading producers of composites see this as a massive opportunity…

  • Magna opens new composites facility

    March 8th 2018

    Germany – The new facility is housing development work for lightweight vehicle components made from composites

  • Gordon Murray joins seats project

    November 20th 2017

    UK – During its participation in the Manufacturability of Advanced Passenger Seats (MAPS) programme alongside Formaplex, the company will focus on reducing structural weight by using composite panels made from recycled carbon fibre, while maintaining high volume and controlling costs. The goal is to develop a seat frame which is 30% lighter than a conventional steel structure…

  • Composites take shape

    October 12th 2017

    Pressing and forming technology for composite materials are a key part of modern automotive production. AMS looks at the latest developments