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 newly created company would offer a full suite of products and solutions for electric vehicles customers such as residential, business and public charging infrastructures as well as green energy packages, enabling customers to charge at home and at any public charging point across Europe with a simple subscription at a fixed monthly rate. —Mike Manley, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

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Mercedes-Benz Cars and Telefónica Deutschland establish the world’s first 5G network for automobile production

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Together with telecommunications company Telefónica Deutschland and network supplier Ericsson, Mercedes-Benz Cars is putting in place the world’s first 5G mobile network for automobile production in its “Factory 56” in Sindelfingen. As part of an innovation project that extends over an area of more than 20,000 m 2 , the 5G mobile communications standard is being implemented for the first time into the running production. 5G Manufacturing Vehicle Manufacturers

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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. The QNX Hypervisor features the ability to meet the precision requirement of an embedded zero-downtime production system. From September 2019, automobile manufacturers around the world will sequentially launch new car models with the integrated HMI.

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UCLA team devises method to weld previously unweldable aluminum alloy AA 7075; potential for wider use in automobiles

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Developed in the 1940s, AA 7075 long held promise for use in automobile manufacturing, except for one key obstacle. By comparison, an aluminum alloy known as AA 6061 that is widely used in aircraft and automobile parts, has a tensile strength of 186 megapascals in welded joints.) The alloy also has been used for products that don’t require joining, such as smartphone frames and rock-climbing carabiners. Manufacturing Materials Weight reduction

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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. Among all the products in the market, companies’ attention and Nidec’s particular focus are on the traction motor, one of the most important components to replace the existing internal-combustion engine.

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Honda resumes production at automobile plant in Thailand

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Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co., HATC), the Honda automobile production subsidiary in Thailand has resumed production of automobiles after suspending production since 4 October 2011, due to the damage sustained from the flooding in Thailand. After approximately four months of such restoration efforts, HATC is now ready to resume automobile productions at its plant. Production capacity is 240,000 units per year.

Saab Automobile and Spyker enter into MOU with Pang Da Automobile on distribution/manufacturing partnership for China and equity participation

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Spyker) announced that it and Saab Automobile AB have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Pang Da Automobile Trade Co., Ltd (Pang Da), China’s largest publicly traded automobile distributor with more than 1100 dealerships nationwide. The MoU includes a strategic alliance consisting of a 50/50 distribution joint venture and a manufacturing joint venture (MJV) for Saab branded vehicles as well as for an MJV-owned brand (child brand) in China.

BMW investing €400M in new vehicle assembly at Munich plant as part of shift to electromobility; engine production being concentrated at Steyr and Hams Hall

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The BMW Group is speeding up the shift towards electromobility and strengthening its global network for production of electrified vehicles. The new assembly in Munich will be built on the site currently used for engine production. Sustainability in production.

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Lux: carbon fiber to go mainstream in automobiles by 2025

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Advances already underway in fiber, resin and composite part production will lead to a $6 billion market for automotive CFRPs in 2020, more than double Lux’s earlier projection. Other manufacturing costs need to be cut.

Conversion of Volkswagen Emden plant for EV production underway

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Volkswagen has begun conversion of its Emden, Germany plant to support the production of Evs; the first electric cars are to roll off the production line there from 2022. With the conversion of our plant at Emden into a production location for electric vehicles, Volkswagen is forcing the pace of system change. is to start production there in 2022 and will be followed by other all-electric models later. We are converting a major automobile plant during production.

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Teijin joins AZL Partner Network for Lightweight Production Technology

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The network is launching one of their many joint projects today—an eight-month project to develop and manufacture multi-material battery enclosures for electric vehicles. Manufacturing Materials Weight reduction

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Volkswagen Group to expand EV production worldwide to 16 sites by end of 2022; partnerships with battery manufacturers

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The Volkswagen Group is expanding its production of electric vehicles to 16 locations around the globe by the end of 2022. To ensure adequate battery capacity, partnerships with battery manufacturers for Europe and China have already been agreed. billion, investments in property, plant and equipment in the Automobile Division remained at the previous year’s level. Batteries Electric (Battery) Manufacturing Vehicle Manufacturers

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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 ranking of the 17 manufacturers based on the Sustainable Value Margin. Sustainable Value in Automobile Manufacturing (2009).

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. As of 14 November, HATC 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., Honda Motor Co.

Saab Automobile AB files for voluntary reorganization, Saab Automobile Parts AB And Overseas Subsidiaries Excluded

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Swedish Automobile N.V. Swan) announced that Saab Automobile AB and its subsidiaries Saab Automobile Powertrain AB and Saab Automobile Tools AB (collectively Saab Automobile) filed for voluntary reorganization today with the District Court in Vänersborg, Sweden. As part of the reorganization filing, the court-appointed administrator will apply for the Swedish state’s wage guarantee scheme to allow wage payments to all Saab Automobile employees to be made.

Automobile production in Japan dropped 6.7% in November, led by 30.3% decline in small cars

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Automobile production in Japan dropped 6.7% year-on-year in November to 802,009 units, according to data from the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association. Passenger car production dropped 8.2% By contrast, production of standard cars of more than 2L displacement rose 3.7% Mini car (less than 660 cc) production dropped 4.2% Truck production was up 3.3% Bus production was up 11.7%

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. The Micromill will enable the next-generation of automotive aluminum products, and equip Alcoa to capture growing demand from automakers for lighter-weight, yet durable and formable materials. It will also be the fastest, most productive aluminum casting and rolling system in the world, Alcoa claims.

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Advanced Battery Technologies to supply Li-ion batteries for 20K Jiangsu Duke New Energy Automobile electric cars

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Advanced Battery Technologies signed a strategic partnership agreement with Jiangsu Duke New Energy Automobile Co., Jiangsu Duke New Energy Automobile specializes in research and development, design and manufacture of its Supercar-branded electric sports cars. Jiangsu Duke New Energy Automobile’s new energy project is authorized by the China Development and Reform Commission.

2015 83

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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Audi and Ericsson to pioneer 5G for automotive manufacturing

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Audi and Ericsson plan to pioneer the use of 5G technology for automotive production. At Audi’s headquarters in Ingolstadt, Germany, the two companies agreed on a range of activities exploring the potential of 5G as a future-proof communication technology that can meet the high demands of automotive production. The fully networked factory will have a significant impact on the production of the future. with increasingly flexible and complex production processes.

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

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The objective is to develop the world’s first fully active and regenerative suspension, make it ready for volume production and introduce it to the market. 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. The production numbers continue to rise; 2011 marked the temporary record high with more than 2.2

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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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Honda begins installation of solar power generation systems at automobile dealership locations in Japan

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The installation is the kick-off of a project to install Honda Soltec solar power generation systems with a total capacity of 1 MW at Honda automobile dealership locations in Japan by 31 March 2014. This will be the largest solar power generation system installed at an automobile production plant in Japan. Honda Motor Co., has installed a 9 kW-capacity solar power generation system at the Adachi Odai location of the Honda Cars Tokyo Chuo dealer network.

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%. Internet of Things Manufacturing Sensors

2015 83

Hitachi Chemical to double production capacity of carbon anode materials for Li-ion automobile batteries

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million) to add third and fourth production lines manufacturing carbon anode materials for lithium-ion automotive batteries at Yamazaki Works. Production rate was rising as of July 2011. For the two new production lines, the emergency response mechanisms at the facility will be strengthened and quake resistant equipment also enhanced. Thus, not only the production capacity will double but also any recovery period can be shortened in the event of a massive earthquake.

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. HATC suspended production on October 4, due to parts supply disruptions. Thai Honda Manufacturing Co.,

Fiat Group Automobiles, Chrysler Group International and GAC Group to Produce Jeep vehicles in China for Chinese market

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Fiat Group Automobiles S.p.A., Chrysler Group International LLC and Guangzhou Automobile Group Co., Under the agreement, the joint venture, GAC Fiat, will begin localized production of three new Jeep vehicles for the Chinese market, expanding the portfolio of Jeep sport-utility vehicles (SUV) currently available to Chinese consumers as imports. Production is expected to begin by late 2015. GAC Group) have reached an agreement to expand the joint venture partnership.

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Honda launches new “Green Path” initiatives for manufacturing and operations; new $210M paint line at Marysville with new 4C2B process

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Honda has announced several initiatives under its new “Green Path” approach to reducing the total life-cycle environmental impact of its products and operations in North America. In 2006, Honda was the first auto company to voluntarily and publicly announce targets for the reduction of its CO 2 emissions for its products and operations globally. Significantly to reduce the CO 2 intensity and water use of its manufacturing operations. Design and production.

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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.,

2016 60

MIRA to Support New Guangzhou Automobile Vehicle Program

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Guangzhou Automobile Co. GAC is one of China’s most successful vehicle manufacturers, with successful joint venture partnerships with Toyota, Honda and most recently Fiat. Initial production volumes will be 100 thousand vehicles per year, rising to 250 thousand per year. Ltd (GAC) and MIRA have signed a contract for MIRA to provide support on a new vehicle programme for GAC.

Saab Automobile enters agreement with Hawtai Motor Group on strategic partnership

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and Saab Automobile AB (Saab Automobile) have signed an agreement with Hawtai Motor Group Company Limited (Hawtai). in financing ( earlier post ), conditionally secures medium-term funding and includes financing in the form of subscription agreements in the amount of €150 million (US$222 million) as well as a strategic alliance for China including joint ventures on manufacturing, technology and distribution. China Vehicle ManufacturersSpyker Cars N.V.

LG Chem investing $53M to expand carbon nanotube production; targeting EVs and batteries

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LG Chem will invest about 65 billion KRW (US$ 53 million) by Q1 of next year to expand the production of carbon nanotubes (CNT) by 1,200 tons at its Yeosu plant in Korea. Once the expansion is made, LG Chem will have a total production capacity of 1,700 tons. With properties (electric, thermal conductivity, strength) that are superior to existing materials, CNT’s use is wide-ranging including batteries, semiconductors, automobile parts, aircraft fuselages, etc.

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Fiat Group Automobiles S.p.A., Chrysler Group International LLC and GAC Group sign framework agreement to expand cooperation in China

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Fiat Group Automobiles S.p.A., and Guangzhou Automobile Group Co., GAC Group) have signed a Framework Agreement to expand their cooperation on passenger car manufacturing and sales in China. After Fiat, the next brand planned to be localized by the GAC Fiat JV will be Chrysler Group’s Jeep brand (production in China for Chinese market only). GAC Fiat Automobiles Co., GAC Fiat ), incorporated on March 9, 2010, is jointly invested by Guangzhou Automobile Group Co.,

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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. This means that networked machines and systems can exchange data in real time, for instance, and align themselves even better with the production process. 5G provides the ideal conditions for numerous digital innovations and has the potential to further increase efficiency, quality and flexibility in production, BBA says. Manufacturing

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Daimler and Toray to establish JV for carbon-fiber based automobile parts; new production and joining process enables large-scale production

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and Daimler AG are forming a joint venture in Esslingen, Germany, for manufacturing and marketing of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics (CFRP) automobile parts. The companies succeeded in developing a novel technology for mass-production of CFRP parts with a significantly shorter molding cycle: Short Cycle Resin Transfer Molding (SCRTM). Reducing the vehicle weight for boosting fuel efficiency is an important issue in the automobile industry. Toray Industries, Inc.

Series production of next-generation Acura NSX hybrid supercar begins in April at new Performance Manufacturing Center

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Acura’s Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) will begin series production of the next-generation Acura NSX hybrid supercar ( earlier post ) in late April, with customer deliveries to commence thereafter. Complementary production of the Acura NSX’s bespoke, 75-degree, twin turbocharged V-6 engine takes place at the company’s nearby Anna, Ohio engine plant and is undertaken by a small group of master engine builders. Hybrids Manufacturing Materials

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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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Borgward Group AG, the reincarnation of the German automaker that ceased operations in 1961 ( earlier post ), will be returning to Bremen and building a production facility there. 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. Production will be launched at the plant a year later, in 2018.

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National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB acquires assets of Saab Automobile to create new EV company; first model based on 9-3 due year-end 2013/2014

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National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB (NEVS)—an international consortium formed by Chinese, Japanese and Swedish stakeholders—and the Receivers of the Saab Automobile bankruptcy estate ( earlier post) signed a purchase agreement covering the main assets of Saab Automobile AB, Saab Automobile Powertrain AB and Saab Automobile Tools AB.

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Small cars lead production slump in Japan

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Data from the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association has reported that automobile production in Japan dropped by 6.7 According to the statistics, passenger car production suffered a steep drop of 8.2 Cars Latest news Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association Japan automobile production Japan car production Japan mini cars Japan small cars

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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. GAC Group) signed a Framework Agreement to establish a 50/50 joint venture for the production of cars and engines for the Chinese market. 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. Production is scheduled to commence in the second half of 2011.

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DENSO invests $1B in US automotive manufacturing; electrification and safety

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DENSO will create more than 1,000 jobs in Maryville, Tennessee to make it a primary manufacturing center in North America for electrification and safety systems. Globally, DENSO is a leading developer of electrification systems for environmentally-friendly automobiles, sophisticated functions involved in vehicle safety and security, and new services that connect vehicles and society.

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Frost & Sullivan: market for lightweight materials in automobiles to reach $95.34B in 2017

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These laws have resulted in the lowering of vehicles’ weight through the replacement of heavy materials in certain systems with lighter alternatives, as the weight of the automobile has a direct bearing on its fuel efficiency. Both automotive metals and plastics markets are also populated by alloy makers, die-casters and molders, which function as a conduit between the raw material supplier and the tier-I manufacturer/OEM.

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

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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. Toray Industries, Inc.