Jul 2006

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--- TMGI steers its way to new markets
Norwegian automotive component manufacturer Tonsberg Magnesium Group International AB ( TMGI) has won a US$ 11.5 million contract to supply steering wheel armatures to Key Safety Systems. The 5-year contract is for 520,000 steering wheel armatures a year. more...
--- Providing protection in a harsh environment
Good processing quality, outstanding material properties, competitive price. Not just one but three arguments in favor of Celstran PA 6.6 convinced Behr to use these heat-stabilized long glass fiber reinforced grades for the intake chamber of the charge-air cooler for the new Passat (2.0 TDI) from Volkswagen. more...
--- Software to design semiconductors
Sophisticated software has been developed for the design and verification of large, complex semiconductors. One of the leaders in the development of this software is Synplicity. Automotive Industries caught up with Andrew Dauman, vice-president, world-wide engineering at Synplicity and asked him about the company’s global plans. more...
--- Bearings and All
Increasingly tough emission legislation has created demand for a new generation of exhaust and air compressor seals. Nick Palmen of Automotive Industries spoke to Tim Fralick, director of sales and marketing at OILES America and Matthias Zeischke who is the sales manager of OILES Germany – one of the world leaders in this technology. more...
--- Suppliers help build the Mercedes brand
The “creativity” of component suppliers is key to the future of Mercedes Benz, according to Frank Deiss, Vice-President and Head of Material Purchasing at Mercedes Car Group. more...
--- Ultracapacitors, the New Thinking in the Automotive World
Due to the increase in worldwide gasoline prices, as well as ongoing public and governmental pressure for a more environmentally friendly and fuel efficient means of transportation, automotive manufacturers are developing product lines that incorporate true alternatives to fossil fuel driven vehicles. more...
--- 2006 Automotive Industry Executive of the Year
The 2006 Automotive Industry Executive of the Year is Ford Chairman and CEO Bill Ford. more...
--- TI Automotive Unit Wins Honda Supplier Award
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--- Linux Networx Sets Visualization World Record By Tripling Previous Rendering Rate
Record Performance Achieved While Simultaneously Achieving 3X Superlinear Scaling more...
--- Seats and Overhead System for the New Chrysler Jeep Commander
Greater Flexibility for the Chrysler Jeep Commander more...
--- SPI Innovations and Changing Profile of Participants Mark ‘Turning Point in NPE History’
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Features



--- Crashing with computers
Netherlands-based TNO Automotive Safety Solutions or TASS, is collaborating very closely with an alliance called the Partnership for Dummy Technology and Biomechanics (PDB) that includes five original equipment manufacturers Audi, BMW, DaimlerChrysler, Porsche and Volkswagen. more...
--- Locked and rolling
Faced with challenges of extreme weather and terrain conditions, shock, vibration and thermal stress, the automotive industry utilizes Spiralock thread form in numerous applications. Automotive Industries asked James P. Gillis, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Spiralock Corporation about the company’s latest technology breakthroughs. more...
--- Telematics - The Future
Why are Telematics not more prevalent in the automotive industry? Why have they not become widely available – or even standard equipment on many vehicles? Perhaps it is because the world’s automakers have not yet recognized the benefits they can provide to their customers and, ultimately, to their own bottom lines. more...
--- Connecting, Retaining and Clamping
Automotive Industries talks to Thomas Kraus, automotive sales director at Rasmussen. more...
--- Plastics Expo to Showcase Technology Breakthroughs
The internationally renowned plastics exposition, NPE 2006, took place at Chicago’s McCormick Place from 19 to 23 June. more...
--- Tailored to reduce weight
Less is more when it comes to reducing the overall mass of a vehicle, particularly in the often hidden components. more...
--- Clear window into Chinese market
The Fuyao Glass Industry Group is China’s leading manufacturer of automotive and industrial glass. Head-quartered in Fujian, China, Fuyao Glass controls more than 60% of the automotive original equipment manufacturer market and 30% of the replacement market in China. Its clients include GM, Ford, Honda, Isuzu, Toyota, Mazda, Volkswagen and Mercedes. more...
--- Polyolefin nanocomposites under the microscope
Netherlands-headquartered Basell Polyolefins is a global leader in the production of polypropylene and advanced polyolefins and is the largest manufacturer in Europe of polyethylene. more...
--- Robot testers
Anthony Best Dynamics Limited (ABD) manufactures advanced testing systems for the automotive industry. more...
--- Naturally Cooled Cars Revolutionise European Markets
Regulators and industry held a worldwide stakeholder consultation on vehicle air conditioning in Saalfelden, Austria on 17 February 2006. more...
--- FPGAs – Driving the Automotive Electronics Opportunity
Improved technology, legislated regulations and consumer demands continue to drive the automotive electronics market upward. more...
--- Embedded Flash enables new sensor interface applications in vehicles
Single-chip sensor interface solutions that also incorporate Flash memory offer great potential to automotive designers who are adding more and more electronic content across their increasingly comprehensive and complex vehicle ranges. more...

Trends



--- Indian agency saves costs for buyers
TVS Automotive Europe is hoping to boost sales of Indian auto parts to companies in the United Kingdom and Europe. The company is using India’s low-cost production facilities and highly qualified labor force as a selling point. more...
--- Breaking the Sound Barrier
Stankiewitcz supplies acoustic insulation packages for the automotive industry. Automotive Industries talks to Dr Oliver Hafner, Managing Director, Stankiewicz about the company and future trends in acoustics. more...
--- Glazing opens window on world
Glazing is playing a significant role with its capacity to increase the level of equipment in vehicles, in addition to its primary functions of improving comfort and safety. Automotive Industries discussed the latest trends with Davide Dardanello, marketing director of Saint-Gobain Sekurit International. more...
--- Durable Diesel Filtration
Danish company NoTox A/S has supplied diesel particulate filters for nearly 10 years. Its NoTox Diesel Particulate Filter is manufactured in silicon carbide which, combined with the thermal design, produces a highly durable filter monolith. more...
--- Gearing up for change
On June 1, the 14 companies falling within the Getrag Group and Getrag Ford Transmissions combined under the Getrag brand, making the company into one of the world leaders in transmissions. more...
--- Ford’s top suppliers
Sixty World Excellence Awards were presented to Ford's global suppliers at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn for their exemplary performance during 2005. more...
--- Changing gears
Earlier this year Fairfield Manufacturing, based in Lafayette, Indiana, was bought by the Swiss company, Saurer AG. more...
--- Filtering out nano-particles
German company Emitec as developed the PM-Metalit diesel particulate filters which reduce particulate emission by up to 80%, and are easy to retrofit. more...
--- Data Security Continues to Lag in the US Auto Industry
The 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States triggered new security concerns through the American business community, including the U.S. auto industry. more...
--- Making Diesel burn clean
Diesel engines are clearly becoming customer favorites. Automotive Industries spoke to Bill Pantazis, CEO and president of Carbon Zapp about how he sees the future of his company and diesel engine technology. more...
--- BMW – driving hard for fuel savings
BMW has taken a holistic approach in the search for greater fuel efficiency. The company has invented its own name for the drive – EfficientDynamics which, it says, “covers all areas of automobile develop¬ment within the BMW Group”. more...



















































































































































































































































































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