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Clean Fleets: Ford Electrifies Work Trucks, Carbon Fiber Subframe Improves Fuel Efficiency

Clean Fleets: Ford Electrifies Work Trucks, Carbon Fiber Subframe Improves Fuel Efficiency

Several new innovations, including a lightweight carbon fiber composite subframe, electrified work trucks and biofuel made from wastewater can help corporate fleets reduce emissions and meet fuel economy regulations.

Plastics Industry, Recyclers Launch Automotive Recycling Project

A new automotive recycling project aims to develop a method to collect and recover plastic auto parts in a way that is technically and economically feasible.

Ford, Jose Cuervo Make Car Parts from Agave Waste

Ford Motor Company says it has teamed up with Jose Cuervo to explore the use of the tequila producer’s agave plant byproduct to develop more sustainable bioplastics to use in Ford vehicles. If the companies are successful in developing a composite, it could help reduce vehicle weight and lower energy … Read more »

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Lighter, More Efficient Transmissions Using Structural Plastics

Automotive engineering consultancy Drive System Design (DSD) and global chemical company Solvay SA have teamed up to improve efficiency and reduce the weight of automotive transmissions through the increased use of structural plastics. Through the new partnership, the companies say they aim to make the large-scale use of plastic composites … Read more »

Dow Chemical Launches Sustainable Packaging Technology

Dow Chemical has developed a sustainable packaging technology that the company says can reduce manufacturers’ greenhouse gas emissions. Several manufacturers in Latin American have implemented the microfoaming technology as part of Dow’s program to mitigate the carbon footprint of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Microfoaming is a licensed technology that … Read more »

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Strong, Lightweight and Recyclable: Has This Startup Discovered the Holy Grail of Carbon-Fiber Composites?

Carbon-fiber composites can be recycled into new material that is as strong and lightweight as the originals, according to a team of CU-Boulder researchers. The researchers, in a paper published online in the journal Advanced Materials, say their new process is energy-efficient and cost-effective, thus addressing traditional barriers to carbon-fiber … Read more »


AkzoNobel Coating Improves KLM Aircraft’s Efficiency

An AkzoNobel coating, used on KLM’s new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, offers potential weight reduction, which helps lower fuel costs, and uses less paint, which means the aircraft can fly more efficiently than comparable aircraft. KLM chose AkzoNobel to supply its aerospace coating to the aircraft. The basecoat/clearcoat system also produces … Read more »


Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic Springs for Railcars Under Development

Toho Tenax has partnered with Kawasaki Heavy Industries to jointly develop a carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) leaf spring that can be mass-produced for railcar trucks, reducing the truck frame’s weight by some 900 kg per railcar. Benefits include more efficient running costs and lower CO2 emissions, as well as … Read more »

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Is 3D Printing the Future of Sustainable Manufacturing?

3D printing increases efficiency and reduces waste, making it a valuable tool in efforts to make manufacturing more sustainable. Its applications range from medical devices to aerospace — and possibly even drinking water. Earlier this month General Electric announced a project with the Department of Energy that uses 3D printed … Read more »

GE Invests $200M to Build Ultra-Lightweight Materials

General Electric Aviation will invest more than $200 million to construct two factories that will mass-produce silicon carbide (SiC) materials used to manufacture ceramic matrix composite components (CMCs) for jet engines and land-based gas turbines. The factories will be built adjacent to one another on 100 acres in Huntsville, Alabama. … Read more »

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