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Foaming agent cuts mass without compromising appearance

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013 | Permalink

Additives and pigments supplier Clariant (Muttenz, Switzerland) has commercialized a new series of chemical foaming agents (CFAs) that can reportedly assist automakers to cut the mass of plastic interior car parts with no adverse affecting appearance or performance. Foaming has been used in auto parts before, but earlier CFAs made it difficult to achieve the consistent, high-quality surface finish automakers and drivers demand. Consequently, applications were limited to parts that were hidden from view. Tagging Options Domain:  All Sites read more

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Japanese cartel collusion: old habits die hard

Friday, July 19th, 2013 | Permalink

All Sites Japan’s Panasonic Corp. is the latest Japanese auto parts supplier to be slapped with a heavy fine for charging inflated prices to US-based automakers. According to the US Department of Justice, Panasonic participated in a conspiracy to rig bids for, and to fix, stabilize and maintain the prices of steering wheel switches, turn switches, wiper switches, combination switches and door courtesy switches sold to Toyota Motor Corp. and Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc. read more

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Chinaplas 2013: More opportunities for auto grade PP; under-the-hood and structural

Thursday, May 30th, 2013 | Permalink

Chinese automakers have traditionally been a step behind European marques when it comes to polypropylene (PP) usage, employing an average of 45-55 kg per vehicles compared with 60-65 kg for a VW vehicles made in China. This is primarily due to smaller vehicles sizes but even in larger Chinese vehicles, there is limited application in structural components. Tagging Options Domain:  All Sites read more

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