Craiova, Romania orders 16 Solaris articulated electric buses

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Solaris and the Romanian city of Craiova (Romania’s sixth-largest city) have signed a contract for the delivery of 16 18-meter articulated Urbino 18 electric buses. The articulated vehicles will make it to Craiova in the first half of 2021. The purchase marks the first use of electric buses in the city; therefore under the contract Solaris will also deliver charging devices, both for overnight and fast pantograph charging.

Romania doubles electric-car subsidies, adds 'cash for clunkers' program

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Europe cash for clunkers incentives plug-in cars government subsidy RomaniaIn recent years, governments have increasingly worked to encourage the sales of plug-in electric vehicles. Incentive programs for the purchase of a low-emission vehicle have been adopted across the world. The amounts granted and the mechanisms vary according to the individual program, but the goal is the same: reduce emissions. DON’T MISS.

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Clariant to build flagship sunliquid cellulosic ethanol plant in Romania

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The new plant, with an annual production capacity of 50,000 tons, will be built in the southwestern part of Romania. Specialty chemicals company Clariant announced the approval by its Board of Directors to invest in a new full-scale commercial plant for the production of cellulosic ethanol from agricultural residues using its sunliquid technology.

Honeywell’s UOP technology selected to boost yields at Romania’s largest synthetic rubber facility

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a Honeywell company, announced today that its UOP KLP technology has been selected to boost yields at Romania’s largest synthetic rubber production facility. Romania’s Energy Bio-Chemicals will use the UOP KLP process to purify butadiene, a monomer used to produce synthetic rubber, at the company’s CAROM Onesti Styrene Butadiene Rubber facility. UOP Ltd.,

EEA: 3/4 of EU urban population exposed to toxic air as governments fail to cut emissions

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Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Romania and Italy breached EU limits for fine particulate matter (PM 2.5 ), one of the most dangerous forms of air pollution which caused about 417,000 premature deaths in 41 European countries in 2018. Yet, one year and half past the deadline, the Italian plan is still in draft form while Greece, Luxemburg and Romania have presented no plan at all.

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New car sales down in January

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Green cars Latest news car registrations European Union France germany new car sales Portugal Romania UKIt may not be the bleak times of the credit crunch, but demand for new cars slumped dramatically during January. In the first month of the year, new car registrations fell by 7.1 per cent in the EU compared to the same month one year ago. The data, from the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association, shows [.].

20 Solaris Trolleybuses for Ploie?ti

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ti in 1997 is the newest of all networks in Romania. ti, but not the first ones in Romania. The Romanian city of Ploie?ti ti has opted for 20 low-floor Solaris Trollino 12 trolleybuses. According to the contract worth PLN 36 million (US$9.6

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Clariant announces 4th license deal for sunliquid technology; first Bulgarian cellulosic ethanol project

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In the fall of 2018 Clariant also broke ground for its first-of-its-kind commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol production plant in Podari, Romania.

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Will Igniting Fuel With Lasers Make Spark Plugs Obsolete?

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But if you were to sit in, you would hear a paper by a research team in Japan and Romania that offers a fascinating new avenue for increasing engine efficiency and reducing gas consumption: Ditch the spark plugs, and use lasers to ignite You may have other plans for Sunday than attending the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics in Baltimore.

Clariant concludes testing of conversion of miscanthus biomass into lignocellulosic sugars and ethanol

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In the fall of last year, Clariant broke ground on its greenfield first-of-its-kind full-scale commercial cellulosic ethanol plant in Podari, the southwestern region of Romania. Clariant has conducted tests on approximately 30 tons of miscanthus provided by INA, Croatia’s leading oil and gas company.

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4Q 2019: EU diesel demand continues to drop while gasoline gains; plug-ins up 80.5% y-o-y

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digit gains were also seen in Belgium (+17.7%), Slovenia (+18.2%), Hungary (+18.4%), Sweden (+30.5%) and Romania (+31.1%). In the last quarter of 2019, EU demand for diesel cars further decreased , dropping to 29.5% of new-car registrations, according to data from ACEA, the European Automobile Manufacturers Association. Gasoline cars accounted for 57.3% of the EU market, while electrically?chargeable chargeable vehicles (ECV) made up 4.4%

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3-year, $75.7M eRamp power electronics research project launches at Infineon

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The Project eRamp is co-funded by grants from ENIAC Joint Undertaking and from Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia und the UK. The three-year research project “eRamp”, intended to strengthen and expand Germany and Europe as centers of expertise for the manufacture of power electronics, launched at Infineon Technologies in Dresden. Twenty-six research partners from six countries are participating.

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Passenger car registrations in EU down 7.1% in January 2012 year-on-year

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The biggest contraction was noted in Portugal (-47.4%) and the largest increase in Romania (+86.4%). In January 2012, demand for new cars dropped by 7.1% in the EU, compared to the same month a year earlier, according to data from the ACEA (European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association). The results were the lowest since January 2009. In total, 968,769 new registrations were recorded in the region, with on average one more working day than in January 2011.

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NuScale Power receives US NRC design approval for small modular reactor

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NuScale has signed agreements with entities in the US, Canada, Romania, the Czech Republic, and Jordan. The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) completed the Phase 6 review—the last and final phase—of the Design Certification Application (DCA) for NuScale Power’s small modular reactor (SMR) and issued the Final Safety Evaluation Report (FSER). The FSER represents completion of the technical review and approval of the NuScale SMR design.

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Global Gas Prices | Hybrid Sales

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Romania. sales of hybrid SUVs and other fuel efficient vehicles will prove interesting to watch this year, especially if fuel prices remain relatively low. Expert predictions about where oil and gas prices are headed vary widely. Some expect both to remain steady due to global economic conditions while others point to the return of $3/gallon gas (in the states) fueled mainly by an increase in foreign demand.

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Airbus and TAROM launch project to establish sustainable bio-kerosene jet fuel value-chain

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CCE and BIOTEHGEN are implementing various camelina placement trials at different locations in Romania, with the purpose of assessing sustainability of different production models and soil types, including contaminated soil and uncultivated land, in order to identify the best techniques and genetic material. Camelina is also indigenous to Romania, and can be readily farmed and harvested by family farmers.

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HELLA introduces top-end UP5.0 electric vacuum pump for brake systems; increased fuel efficiency

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HELLA manufactures fuel pumps in Germany, Romania, the US, Mexico and China. Automotive supplier HELLA has introduced its latest electrically driven vacuum pump—UP5.0—for —for vehicle brake systems. The majority of brake boosters have until recently used the vacuum generated by the internal combustion engine’s intake section. With the advent of new powertrain technologies (e.g. hybrid vehicles, downsizing, plug-ins)—or under some specific operating conditions (e.g.

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Petrobras awards Technip/DOF Subsea JV ~$3.5bn in contracts for four new pipelay support vessels; ultra-deep water capabilities

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The hulls of these vessels will be built at Vard Tulcea in Romania and outfitted at Vard Søviknes in Norway. Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. Petrobras) has awarded the joint venture formed by Technip (50%) and DOF (50%) has eight contract covering the construction of four new pipelay support vessels (PLSVs) and operation in Brazilian waters to install flexible pipes. The combined value for Technip is approximately €1.35 billion (US$1.8 billion).

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Daimler plans new €500M engine plant in Poland

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The Daimler subsidiary Star Transmission in Romania assembles transmissions and produces parts and components. Daimler AG plans to invest approximately €500 million (US$576 million) in a new production facility in Poland. The first Mercedes-Benz Cars plant in Poland is to be established in Jawor, about 70 kilometers west of Wroclaw, and will produce four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines for Mercedes-Benz passenger cars.

Renault Introducing New Fluence Sedan Line; Diesels All Less Than 119 gCO2/km, All-Electric Model in 2011

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Renault Fluence, which goes on sale in Turkey from November, will have three main markets: Turkey, Russia and Romania. Romania. In 2007, it was the fourth-most popular car in Romania, with sales of more than 10,000 units. By 2009, despite being six years old, it remained the fourth most popular car in Romania and was second in Renault’s domestic sales chart. The Renault Fluence. Click to enlarge.

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Study: air pollution causes 800,000 extra deaths a year in Europe and 8.8 million worldwide

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Excess death rates were particularly high in eastern European countries, such as Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania and Ukraine, with more than 200 each year per 100,000 of the population. Air pollution could be causing double the number of excess deaths a year in Europe than has been estimated previously, according to a study published in the European Heart Journal.

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Mercedes-Benz begins construction of new €500M engine plant in Jawor, Poland

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The Daimler subsidiary Star Transmission in Romania assembles transmissions and produces parts and components. Mercedes-Benz has started construction of its first plant in Poland. The new site in Jawor, comprising an area of around 50 hectares, is the second engine production plant run by Mercedes-Benz Cars outside of Germany. Daimler is investing around €500 million in the new production site for four-cylinder engines for Mercedes-Benz passenger cars; around 500 jobs will be created.

EEA report finds more action needed to protect Europe’s most vulnerable citizens from air pollution, noise and extreme temperatures

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Eastern European regions (including Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria) and regions in southern Europe (including Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece), where incomes and education are lower and unemployment rates higher than European averages, were more exposed to air pollutants including particulate matter (PM) and ground level ozone (O 3 ).

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Six mobility start-ups launching Volkswagen’s incubator program at Transparent Factory

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Over the course of eight hours, 14 entrepreneurial companies from Romania, Spain and Germany presented themselves in 30‑minute sessions in front of eight judges.

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New Car Registrations in Europe Down 18.3% in February

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Other major markets were down with 7.7% (Czech Republic), 46.4% (Hungary) and 66.5% (Romania). Looking at the cumulative figures from January to February, Poland ranked first in absolute numbers with 56,841 new cars registered (+0.7%), followed by Romania (-58.8%), the Czech Republic (- 10.0% ) and Hungary (-31.4%). In February, 968,159 new passenger cars were registered in Europe (the EU27 + EFTA), 18.3%

The voestalpine Group producing ultra-high strength automotive components in US

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Since 2012, voestalpine has invested more than €100 million (US$140 million) in new plants in China, Germany, Romania, South Africa, and the US. The steel-based technology and capital goods group voestalpine’s 17 th production site in the United States began operation , manufacturing ultra-high strength body-in-white components for premium car manufacturers in Cartersville, Georgia. This completes the first phase of the Group’s internationalization program in the automotive sector.

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Tesla Model 3 Europe’s best-selling pure EV in February in its first full month on the market

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Conversely, registrations were up by a huge 36% in Romania, due to the Government’s scrappage scheme in Q4-18, which led to an increase in vehicle deliveries in Q1-19. Tesla’s Model 3 led the BEV and premium midsize sedan rankings in Europe in February, according to JATO Dynamics. The hotly anticipated car excelled during its first full month on the European market and became the best-selling BEV.

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Renault Introduces E85 Flex-Fuel Dacia Sandero in France

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The biofuel version of Dacia Sandero is manufactured by the brand’s ISO 14001-certified factory in Pitesti, Romania. Dacia has extended its line-up (in France) of vehicles that run on alternative fuels with a new, E85 flex-fuel version of the Dacia Sandero hatchback alongside the existing Dacia Logan/Sandero 1.4 MPI 75 LPG and Dacia Logan MCV 1.6 16V 105 Bioethanol. Dacia Sandero 1.6 MPI 90 Bioethanol replaces the former 1.6 MPI 90 version. Dacia Sandero 1.6

Growing Number of EU Countries Levying CO2 Taxes on Cars and Incentivizing Plug-ins

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The seventeen EU countries that levy passenger car taxes partially or totally based on the car’s carbon dioxide emissions and/or fuel consumption are: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The Czech Republic and Romania take the number of Member States up to fifteen. EU countries with CO 2 -based taxation policies by year since 2006. Data: ACEA.

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Enel acquires eMotorWerks to provide grid balancing solutions and tap into US e-mobility market

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Enel has installed around 5,000 charging stations in Italy, Spain, Romania, Greece, Chile, Colombia and Argentina. Enel S.p.A., through its US subsidiary EnerNOC, has acquired California-based eMotorWerks, a North American supplier of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, called JuiceBox, and owner and operator of JuiceNet, an Internet of Things (IoT) platform for the smart management of EV charging and other distributed energy storage facilities.

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Ford to expand 3-Wet Paint capacity by 50% globally in 2013

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The only current location with 3-Wet capability in Europe is Craiova Assembly Plant, Craiova, Romania. Ford Motor Company is expanding its 3-Wet paint ( earlier post ) capacity by 50% this year, adding the more environmentally friendly process to four more plants on three continents. The actions will reduce CO 2 emissions by an estimated 15-25% at those facilities.

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European car market logs best year for alternative fueled vehicles, lowest diesel share since 2001

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Poland, Slovakia, Luxembourg and Lithuania all posted record levels of volume, while it was the best year since 2007 for Spain and Estonia, and the best year since 2008 for Romania, Hungary, Croatia and Latvia. The European car market remained stable during 2018, as 15.6 million vehicles were registered—just 346 more than in 2017— according to JATO Dyanmics. It was the best result since 2007, when the market peaked with 16.02 million registrations.

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Euro car market has best H1 of century; diesels down 17%; AFVs up 31% for 5.4% of total; SUVs booming

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But it was the positive economic situation across the continent that boosted results, JATO said, as midsize markets such as the Netherlands, Poland and Sweden all posted increases, and smaller markets like Hungary, Greece, Romania, Croatia and Lithuania similarly posted significant increases. The European car market recorded its best H1 performance of the century, with 8.6 million car registrations between January and June—a year-on-year increase of 2.7%.

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DAF trucks showcases electric and hybrid trucks at IAA CV

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DAF Trucks is the heavy duty market leader in The Netherlands, Hungary, United Kingdom, Poland, Belgium, Romania, the Czech Republic and Bulgaria, and is Europe’s market leader in the tractor segment. At IAA Commercial Vehicles, Dutch truck manufacturer DAF—a division of Paccar—is showcasing the LF Electric, CF Electric and CF Hybrid Innovation trucks. vocational product range that set the standard in quality, low operating cost and vehicle performance.

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DOE awards $4M to carbon capture and storage projects selected as part of ACT

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The ACT Initiative is a consortium of ten European countries—France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom—and the United States.

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Ford doubles German production capacity of 1.0L EcoBoost to 1,000 units per day

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the 1.0-liter EcoBoost is also built in Ford’s Craiova, Romania, engine plant. Ford Motor Company is doubling the production capacity of its Cologne, Germany, engine plant to produce more than 1,000 units per day of the 1.0-L EcoBoost engine to meet growing European demand. In the first eight months of 2013, models equipped with 1.0-liter EcoBoost engines accounted for a growing share of overall sales.

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Fiat 875cc TwinAir named International Engine of the Year 2011

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Judged by a panel of 76 motoring journalists from 36 countries as disparate as the USA, Japan, China, Russia, New Zealand, India, Korea, Germany, France, Romania, South Africa, Mexico and the UK, the Awards highlight and acknowledge engine engineering excellence. Cutaway of the 875cc TwinAir. Click to enlarge. Fiat’s 875cc TwinAir engine ( earlier post ) was named the International Engine of the Year 2011.

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Hybrid Search Statistics - Updated

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Rounding out the top 25 are Puerto Rico, Mexico, France, Italy, Iraq, Spain, Romania, Switzerland, South Korea, Slovokia, Sweden, Singapore, Norway, China, and Belgium. Since adding Google Analytics to our most popular hybrid blogs and websites about 18 months ago, it has been interesting to gain some insight into our visitor traffic.

EEA report suggests road charges for heavy-duty goods vehicles should reflect varied health effects of pollution in different countries

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Costs are also high in Luxemburg, Germany, Romania, Italy and Austria, at around €0.08/km (US$0.10). Zurich in Switzerland, Bucarest in Romania, Milan in Italy, the Ruhr Valley in Germany and Barcelona in Spain had some of the highest health costs compared to other large urban zones. Air pollution externalities of 12–14 ton HGV on highway (Euronorm III) in euro cents. Source: EEA. Click to enlarge.

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Honda targets new Guinness World Records title for fuel efficiency with 8,500-mile diesel drive across Europe

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The 24 countries which are covered in the route, in alphabetical order, are as follows: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden. Honda aims to win a new Guinness World Records title for fuel efficiency in an 8,500-mile (13,679 km) drive across all 24 contiguous EU countries in a 1.6

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Ford expands use of near-dry machining to six plants worldwide

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Craiova Engine Plant (Romania). Left: Wet flood machining. Right: MQL machining. Graphics: Unist Inc. Click to enlarge. Ford Motor Company has added its near-dry machining process—Minimum Quantity Lubrication (MQL)—to six plants globally, a number that will nearly double in the next few years. Machining metal pieces generates friction and heat.

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UK government launches new clean air strategy; ending sales of conventional diesel and gasoline LDVs by 2040

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The European Commission is taking the UK to court—along with Germany, France, Italy, Romania, and Hungary—over its long-standing failure to meet EU limits for nitrogen dioxide (NO?). UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove published a new Clean Air Strategy to cut air pollution backed up through new primary legislation. The UK said it will go further and faster than the EU in reducing human exposure to particulate matter pollution.

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Ford Takes its 3-Wet Paint Technology Global

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Ford is rolling out its 3-Wet paint technology in its paint shops in India, Romania, Mexico and China. The high-solids paint technology eliminates the need for process stages, replacing energy-consuming equipment with a simple, integrated booth. Earlier post.). Ford is also readying its launch of the process at Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Mich. The 3-Wet paint technology is a combination of process and product that has allowed Ford to restructure its paint shops on a global scale.

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