Volkswagen bringing additional partners to Industrial Cloud; 11 in first step

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Volkswagen, together with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and integration partner Siemens, is opening up the Industrial Cloud ( earlier post ) to other manufacturing and technology companies. With the Industrial Cloud we are creating a platform allowing partners to contribute their solutions.

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and ENGIE EPS to create e-Mobility JV

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FCA), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V., The JV would rely on FCA’s financial resources and industrial footprint and on ENGIE EPS’ technological know-how and intellectual property portfolio. —Mike Manley, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Electric (Battery) Market Background Mobility services Vehicle ManufacturersFCA Italy S.p.A.

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DENSO and BlackBerry launch integrated automobile HMI platform

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DENSO Corporation and BlackBerry Limite announced the first integrated HMI (Human Machine Interface) digital cockpit system with BlackBerry QNX technology has shipped in the first vehicles by Japanese automotive manufacturer, Subaru. Subaru is the first vehicle manufacturer to deploy the jointly developed digital cockpit platform, featuring BlackBerry QNX Hypervisor, commercially.

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Honda secures auto industry’s largest renewable energy purchase; 60% reduction in CO2 from N.A. manufacturing operations

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Seeking to slash CO 2 emissions from its North American manufacturing operations, Honda has entered into long-term virtual power purchase agreements (VPPAs) for renewable wind and solar power that will cover more than 60% of the electricity that Honda uses in North America. Climate Change Emissions Manufacturing Power Generation Wind

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Volkswagen and Amazon Web Services to develop Industrial Cloud; open industry platform

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Volkswagen and Amazon Web Services (AWS) will develop the Volkswagen Industrial Cloud together. In the future, the Volkswagen Industrial Cloud will combine the data of all machines, plants and systems from all 122 facilities of the Volkswagen Group. By leveraging Amazon Web Services technology and services, Volkswagen is creating its Industrial Cloud as an open industry platform which other partners from industry, logistics and sales may use in the future.

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Nidec to form electric traction motor JV with a subsidiary of Guangzhou Automobile Group

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Leading motor manufacturer Nidec Corporation will form a joint venture with GAC Components Co., a member of China-based Guangzhou Automobile Group Co., to manufacture automotive traction motors. GAC Components is a subsidiary of major Chinese car manufacturer Guangzhou Automobile Group with the sixth-largest market share in the increasingly environmentally strict China. GAC Components mainly manufactures automobile interior parts, electric components, etc.

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Audi and Ericsson to pioneer 5G for automotive manufacturing

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As part of the project with our partner Ericsson, we are testing the opportunities offered by 5G technology for industrial applications in the smart factory. Ericsson is already running 5G industry programs all over the world to help manufacturers boost productivity and create new business opportunities. This project is a great opportunity to see what is possible when we bring 5G into an automobile production environment to truly enable smart wireless manufacturing.

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Geely officially discloses new global B-segment automobile modular architecture: BMA; new BMA-based SUV to launch this year

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Automobile modular architectures—for example, TNGA of Toyota, and MQB, MLB and MEB of the Volkswagen Group—hav become a major trend in the auto industry. Modular technology has become an important criterion for evaluating whether an automobile company is combining global R&D technology and market layout with a cost-effective manufacturing approach. China Manufacturing Vehicle Manufacturers

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Borgward to build manufacturing facility in Bremen; all-electric-drive Borgward BX7 first model; Industry 4.0

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The company also plans to manufacture electric and plug-in-hybrid versions of the BX5 series and other models. Construction of the new manufacturing facility is scheduled to begin in early 2017. From the start, Borgward’s Bremen plant will base the technological aspects of its manufacturing system, processes, and equipment on the Industry 4.0 Borgward plans to create an SKD manufacturing facility with a production capacity of up to 10,000 vehicles per year.

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Innoviz solid-state lidar selected by Shaanxi Heavy Duty Automobile Co. for autonomous truck project at Chinese port

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Innoviz Technologies, a leading provider of high-performance, solid-state lidar sensors and perception software, announced cooperation with Shaanxi Heavy Duty Automobile Co. Shaanxi Heavy Duty Automobile Co. better known as Shacman Trucks outside China, is one of the largest truck manufacturers in China. Innoviz is a leading manufacturer of high-performance, solid-state lidar sensors and perception software.

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DOE announces $70M for Innovation Institute on Smart Manufacturing; advanced sensors, controls, platforms, and modeling for manufacturing

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The US Department of Energy announced up to $70 million in funding ( DE-FOA-0001263 ) for the next Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute, which will be focused on smart manufacturing. With this investment, the DOE aims to support research and development advancements that can reduce the cost of deployment for technologies such as advanced sensors, controls, platforms, and modeling for manufacturing by as much as 50%. Big Data Controls and controllers Industry 4.0

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Study of Sustainable Value in Automobile Manufacturing Finds Mixed Performance for Most OEMs, BMW and Toyota as the Clear Leaders

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Sustainable Value Margin—the ratio of Sustainable Value to sales—for each of the evaluated manufacturers. A survey of the sustainability performance of 17 of the world’s leading automakers has found a mixed pattern when it comes to the sustainability performance of most of the car manufacturers. The BMW Group and Toyota are consistent industry leaders, creating extremely positive Sustainable Value over the entire review period—i.e.,

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles joining BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye in developing global autonomous driving platform; Level 4/5 by 2021

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BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye signed a memorandum of understanding with the intention for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) to be the first automaker to join them in developing a world-leading, state-of-the-art autonomous driving platform for global deployment. Autonomous driving Vehicle Manufacturers

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ZF and start-up Levant Power partnering on first fully active, regenerative suspension for automobiles

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founded in 2009 out of MIT ( earlier post ), is an emerging technology company headquartered working to develop the first fully active, regenerative suspension for the automotive, trucking, mass transit, and defense industries. Continuous Damping Control (CDC) has been winning over vehicle manufacturers since its market launch in 1994 and is still doing so with its fourth generation.

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GAC Group begins construction of $6.5B industrial park for electric and intelligent vehicles

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China-based automobile manufacturer Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC Group), the parent company of GAC Motor, has begun construction of a large industrial park for electric and intelligent vehicles as part of its efforts to boost its electric vehicle business. Located in Guangzhou’s Panyu district in China’s southern Guangdong province, the industrial park has a planned area of 5 square kilometers. China Electric (Battery) Manufacturing

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5G mobile network goes live at all BMW Brilliance Automotive production sites in China

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BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA) has become the first automobile manufacturer to enable full 5G wireless coverage at all its plants. With this development, BBA becomes the first automobile manufacturer to use 5G technology in automotive development and production. Effective application of 5G technology in these areas has the potential to transform automobile production and boost productivity. Industry 4.0 Manufacturing

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Volkswagen Group & Anhui Jianghuai Automobile (JAC) jointly to develop EVs in China; new JV focused on NEVs

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Volkswagen AG and Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co., According to the MoU the parties intend to enter into discussions to evaluate the perspectives and feasibility of a new joint venture company focusing on new energy vehicles (NEV), to carry out full scope cooperation in areas including research and development, manufacture, sales and mobility services in the field of NEV and parts in order to improve fuel efficiency. —An Jin, Chairman of the Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co.,

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MECA: industry could exceed relaxed US efficiency standards as it has to meet tighter standards elsewhere

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year-over-year increase in fuel efficiency and reduction in GHG emissions standards, which will result in projected overall industry averages of 40.4 In response, MECA (Manufacturers of Emission Controls Association), commented : Suppliers of emission control and efficiency technologies will continue to innovate and introduce new advancements to further improve fuel efficiency while continuing to lower tailpipe emissions across the light-duty vehicle fleet.

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Continued flooding at Hondas Thai automobile production subsidiary keeps production suspended

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Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co., HATC), the Honda automobile production subsidiary in Thailand (headquartered in the Rojana Industrial Park, Ayutthaya), has suspended production since 4 October, due to the parts supply disruptions. Thai Honda Manufacturing Co., Honda Motor Co. issued an update on the impact of flooding in Thailand on its operations there.

Manufacturer Spotlight: Skoda

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Where we stand: December, 2011 Perhaps there is no greater proof of how quickly times can change in the motoring industry than with Czech automobile manufacturer, Skoda. During the 1980s it was manufacturing cars that conceptually dated back to the 1960s and its dated image made it the punch-line to more than its fair share [.]. Manufacturer Spotlight Skoda environmental Manufacturing Spotlight new performance

CAR report quantifies automotive’s position as a leading high-tech industry

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Percentage of Global R&D Spending by Industry, 2013. A newly-released report by the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) concludes that the automotive industry is not only “high-tech,” it is frequently a leader in technological developments and applications. The report, supported by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, measures the technological nature of today’s auto industry and compares it to other sectors of the economy often viewed as technologically advanced.

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DOE awards $1.87M to 7 projects to advance high performance computing in manufacturing

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million to seven projects to advance innovation in US manufacturing through high performance computing. Part of DOE’s High Performance Computing for Manufacturing (HPC4Mfg) program ( earlier post ), the seven new public private partnerships will enable greater collaboration between DOE national labs and the US manufacturing industry. The projects selected for awards are: PPG Industries, Inc. Diesel Emissions High Performance Computing Manufacturing Materials

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Dürr acquires Industry 4.0 software specialist iTAC

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This will enable the machinery and plant engineering group to substantially extend its existing activities in the field of Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES)—the central component of Industry 4.0. EcoEMOS is deployed in numerous automobile factories—among others in Volkswagen’s new Polish factory in Września—to control the entire facility. Dürr has acquired 100% of the shares in the German software house iTAC Software AG.

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Toshiba and Gestamp partner to leverage IoT and AI for high-precision detection of weld seam quality

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Toshiba Digital & Consulting Corporation (TDX) and Spain’s Gestamp, a multinational specialized in the design, development and manufacture of highly engineered metal components for top vehicle manufacturers, are cooperating in a project to bring advanced monitoring and analysis to the welding of vehicle chassis parts. Gestamp is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of metal components for automobiles, with more than 100 factories in 22 countries. AI Industry 4.0

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CCID Consulting estimates upsurge in aluminum for automobile bodies in China if technical breakthroughs in alloy performance and application technology are made

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China-based and -focused CCID Consulting estimates that the China passenger vehicle market will need at least 1.802 million tons of aluminum sheets annually, assuming that aluminum replaces 15% of the steel used in automobile manufacturing by 2015. The progress of urbanization and the upgrade of the consumption structure will continue to boost the automobile consumption. The stable growth of demand in the automobile market lays a solid foundation for aluminum application.

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Audi and KIT working on recycling for automotive plastics via pyrolysis oil

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A large number of components in automobiles are made from plastics; these have to meet exacting safety, heat-resistance and quality requirements. In the medium run, components made from pyrolysis oil can be used again in automobiles.

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Alcoa unveils major advance in aluminum manufacturing technology; new Micromill targeting future automotive aluminum products

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Alcoa has developed new manufacturing technology—the Micromill—that will produce what the company says is the most advanced aluminum sheet on the market. Micromill aluminum sheet that is 40% more formable is easier to shape into intricate forms, such as the inside panels of automobile doors and external fenders, which today are generally made of steel. Manufacturing Materials Weight reduction

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Fiat Group and Guangzhou Automobile Group Creating JV for Chinese Market

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Fiat Group and Guangzhou Automobile Group Co. The Fiat Linea was first manufactured in the joint venture’s Bursa plant in Turkey (at an annual production of 60,000 units) and marketed in a number of European and non-European countries starting in the second half of 2007. This industrial project is also eligible to receive support from the development plan recently established by the Chinese government to promote new investment in six provinces in central China.

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China wants auto industry to focus on energy saving

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Toray and Daimler to Jointly Develop CFRP Automobile Parts for Mercedes-Benz Models

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Toray Industries, Inc. has signed a Joint Development Agreement (JDA) with Daimler AG to develop automobile parts made of carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP). The two companies plan to promote the joint development of diverse CFRP automobile components by utilizing High Cycle Resin Transfer Molding (RTM), a CFRP molding process technology developed by Toray.

University of Tennessee to head $250M advanced composites manufacturing institute; Ford, Honda and Volkswagen members

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The Department of Energy and a consortium of 122 companies, nonprofits, and universities led by the University of Tennessee-Knoxville will invest more than $250 million—$70 million in federal funds and more than $180 million in non-federal funds—to launch a Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Advanced Composites—the fifth institute to be awarded of the eight national institute competitions launched earlier ( earlier post ). PolyOne Corporation; PPG Industries, Inc.;

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DOE HPC4Mfg program funds 13 projects to advance US manufacturing; welding, Li-S batteries among projects

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A US Department of Energy (DOE) program designed to spur the use of high performance supercomputers to advance US manufacturing has funded 13 new industry projects for a total of $3.8 Among the projects selected are one by GM and EPRI of California to improve welding techniques for automobile manufacturing and power plant builds in partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Partners range from small to large companies, industry consortiums and institutes.

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U of I team uses frontal polymerization for rapid energy-efficient manufacturing of polymers; saving 10 orders of magnitude of energy

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Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a new polymer-curing process that could reduce the cost, time and energy needed, compared with the current manufacturing process. The findings, reported in Nature , state that the new polymerization process uses 10 orders of magnitude less energy and can cut two orders of magnitudes of time over the current manufacturing process. Manufacturing Plastics Sustainability

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Ube Industries and Mitsubishi Chemical to form 50-50 Li-ion battery electrolyte JV in China

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Ube Industries, Ltd. Ube Industries and Mitsubishi Chemical will apply for approval from government authorities in China and other relevant countries. Provided that the two companies are in compliance with competition laws for relevant countries, Ube Industries and Mitsubishi Chemical will consider the possibility of comprehensive business tie-ups including for development and production, in other countries and regions besides China.

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Pollution Probe and CAA Publish Comprehensive Primer on Automobile Fuel Efficiency and Emissions

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Canada-based environmental NGO Pollution Probe has released a comprehensive Primer on Automobile Fuel Efficiency and Emissions , produced in partnership with the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA). More than just a technical challenge, solving the emissions dilemma for light-duty vehicles requires an understanding of the business of manufacturing, the automotive wholesale and retail market, consumer perceptions and behaviour, as well as transportation infrastructure.

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GM to double models with 40 mpg highway or better by 2017; ongoing manufacturing efficiency improvements

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Describing its product goals and tracking progress toward its 2020 manufacturing priorities in its 2012 Sustainability Report , General Motors reaffirmed its commitment to further reduce the energy used and the environmental impacts of building and operating an automobile. Manufacturing Technologies that yield cost and quality improvements while decreasing the use of resources and materials. Manufacturing energy use and emissions.

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Honda Automobile Thailand uncertain as to when production will resume; flood impact rippling out to other Honda plants

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Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co., HATC), the Honda automobile production subsidiary in Thailand (headquarter in the Rojana Industrial Park, Ayutthaya), issued a statement saying that it does not have a clear outlook for when production will resume as flooding on its facilities has continued since 8 October 2011. Thai Honda Manufacturing Co.,

Stratasys and Oak Ridge National Laboratory partner to advance additive manufacturing for production use

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Stratasys, a maker of additive manufacturing machines for prototyping and producing plastic parts, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are partnering to develop fused deposition modeling (FDM) additive manufacturing for production use. The process creates functional prototypes and manufactured goods directly from any 3D CAD program, using high-performance industrial thermoplastics. The company holds 380 granted or pending additive manufacturing patents globally.

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Audi opens €1B San José Chiapa plant in Mexico; 1st on N.A. continent; Smart Factory

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Audi is further expanding its worldwide production network with the opening of the company’s first automobile plant on the North American continent. Audi is the first premium automobile manufacturer with product facilities in Mexico. Mexico is a powerhouse for automobiles and automotive components. With this facility, we have established an important site for the export of our automobiles to customers all over the world. Industry 4.0

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Volkswagen Group’s new Future Tracks program targeting digitalization era in auto industry; “James 2025”

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Dieter Kempf, President of BITKOM, the IT industry Association, Winterkorn declared that the increasingly intensive networking of cars with their surroundings and automatic driving would be the key topics for the intelligent mobility of the future. At the Geneva show, Winterkorn introduced the Future Tracks program by saying : Over the next few years, our industry will face one of the greatest upheavals since the invention of the automobile.

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Fabless semiconductor company MediaTek entering automotive industry with connected and autonomous focus

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Fabless semiconductor company MediaTek plans to bring fully integrated multimedia, connectivity and sensor system solutions to the automotive industry beginning Q1 2017. We are developing semiconductor solutions to make an impact in the automotive industry and are focused on core areas of In-Vehicle Infotainment, Telematics, safety ADAS to further the evolution toward autonomous driving.

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ORNL seeking US manufacturers to license new carbon fiber process; reduces cost up to 50% and energy up to 60%

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After extensive analysis and successful prototyping by industrial partners, ORNL is making the new process available for licensing. A detailed analysis of the new process compared to a published baseline for conventional carbon fiber production examined manufacturing cost of nine major process steps, starting with the precursor and pretreatment and finishing with surface treatment, sizing, winding, inspection and shipping. Manufacturing Materials Weight reduction

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Mazda, ELIIY Power and Ube Industries jointly to develop 12V Li-ion starter batteries

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and Ube Industries, Ltd. have agreed jointly to develop lithium-ion batteries for use in automobiles. With this new project, Mazda, ELIIY Power and Ube Industries will combine their technical strengths to overcome such issues. The safety and performance of its lithium-ion starter batteries for motorcycles is widely recognized, and the company started supplying them to a major Japanese motorcycle manufacturer in 2016. Mazda Motor Corporation, ELIIY Power Co.,

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