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18-01-2019 | Fuel Cell | News | Article

ZF Equips Fuel Cell Bus with Electric Portal Axle

British bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis Ltd. is building a bus with a fuel cell drive. Component supplier ZF is equipping the fuel cell bus with the AxTrax AVE electric drive axle.

17-01-2019 | Companies + Institutions | News | Article

Volkswagen and Ford Announce Global Alliance

Volkswagen and the Ford Motor Company have announced an alliance. This alliance initially plans the joint development of light commercial vehicles. 

17-01-2019 | Manufacturing | News | Article

Functional Coating of Rolls

A roll-to-roll (R2R) system for imparting specific properties to web material by flame pyrolysis can be used to produce barrier layers on thin PET films and improve the adhesive properties of sol-gel layers applied later.

16-01-2019 | Automotive Engineering | News | Article

New Toyota GR Supra 3.0 Sports Car Unveiled in Detroit

Toyota has officially unveiled the GR Supra 3.0 at the Detroit auto show. The sports car's fifth generation combines a straight six-cylinder front engine with rear-wheel drive. 

15-01-2019 | Materials Technology | News | Article

Skiing While Warm and Dry

An innovative ski jacket with special membrane technology actively pumps out sweat, keeping skiers warm and dry. The jacket can simply be switched on or off at the touch of a button.

11-01-2019 | Automated Driving | News | Article

Daimler Trucks invests half a billion euros in highly automated trucks

Daimler Trucks has announced that it wishes to invest half a billion euros in the development of highly automated trucks. The subject of platooning is being reassessed.

10-01-2019 | Electric Vehicles | News | Article

Volkswagen Unveils Mobile Quick-Charging Station

Volkswagen has developed a mobile charging station for electric vehicles. According to VW, up to four vehicles can be charged simultaneously at the 360-kWh storage facility. 

10-01-2019 | Production + Production Technology | News | Article

Growing Self-Organising Polymer Pelts

Polymer pelts are suitable for many different applications from coatings that adhere well and are easy to remove to highly sensitive biodetectors. Researchers at KIT, together with scientists in the USA, have now developed a cost-effective process that enables customised polymer nanofibres to grow on a solid substrate.

09-01-2019 | Battery | News | Article

Magnesium Batteries Designed for a Post-Lithium Age

As part of the E-Magic project, scientists at KIT are researching the development of magnesium batteries whose benefits include higher energy density. 

08-01-2019 | Commercial Vehicles | News | Article

European Consortium Aims to Stimulate Use of Trucks Powered by Natural Gas

The BioLNG EuroNet consortium hopes to stimulate the use of trucks powered by natural gas. Shell, Disa, Osomo, Scania and Iveco's aims include bringing bio-LNG to the market. 

08-01-2019 | Production + Production Technology | News | Article

Designer Emulsions

Materials researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich are developing a method to stabilise droplets in an emulsion by precisely coating them with particles. This approach will open up unimagined opportunities for creating new materials.

07-01-2019 | Lightweight Design | News | Article

Brose and Plastic Omnium Join Forces to Develop Lightweight Doors

Automotive supplier Brose and French plastics processor Plastic Omnium have announced their collaboration to develop new lightweight vehicle door concepts.

07-01-2019 | Interior | News | Article

Magna Acquires Spanish Seating Specialist VIZA Geca

Magna is buying Spanish company VIZA Geca to expand its expertise in seating solutions. The acquisition is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2019.

03-01-2019 | Manufacturing | News | Article

Structural Adhesive for Lightweight Construction

No other industry relies as heavily on lightweight construction as aviation: finding the perfect balance between optimum strength and minimal weight is key. Delo's new flame-retardant structural adhesive can speed up production.

03-01-2019 | Mobility Concepts | News | Article

Bosch to Unveil Driverless Electric Concept Shuttle at CES

At CES 2019, Bosch will showcase its vision of a driverless electric shuttle. The automotive supplier hopes to connect its technology seamlessly with its own mobility services in future. 

02-01-2019 | Materials Technology | News | Article

Self-lubricating Material Inspired by Earthworm Skin

A new friction-reducing material that releases a lubricant whenever it is under pressure – like the skin of an earthworm – will open up a wide range of applications in industry and biomedicine.

27-12-2018 | Manufacturing | News | Article

Technical Coatings in Additive Manufacturing

The surface of additive manufacturing (AM) components is generally coarse and porous, requiring time-consuming and costly post processing. Technical coatings are opening up new possibilities for the AM market, specifically in industrial production.

20-12-2018 | Battery | News | Article

Nio Unveils Its Second Electric Vehicle: The ES6

Chinese start-up Nio has unveiled the ES6, its second model after the larger ES8. The ES6 will be rolled out initially in China in June 2019.

19-12-2018 | Hybrid Drive | News | Article

FEV and SEG Automotive Unveil A48V Concept Car

Development service supplier FEV and supplier SEG Automotive have teamed up to develop the A48V concept car. The 48 V mild hybrid is designed to increase the performance and efficiency of the powertrain.

17-12-2018 | Manufacturing | News | Article

Harder 3D-Printed Tools

Forming technology, metal-cutting and process engineering require extremely hard tools that are conventionally made by powder pressing. A 3D printing process known as fused filament fabrication offers a more cost-effective method of producing even harder, custom tools.

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