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Published: 11/8/2019

Composite insert as a structural reinforcement for A-pillars
A Porsche structural A-pillar reduces weight and increases strength with a hybrid part combining thermoplastic composites, steel and structural foam.

Published: 11/7/2019

CW's Top Shops puts operations in perspective
The inaugural CW Top Shops benchmarking survey is designed to help composites fabricators understand how efficient their manufacturing operations are. 

Published: 10/25/2019

Carbon fiber/epoxy for automotive mass reduction, mass production
IACMI precompetitive research explores carbon fiber-reinforced prepreg, SMC with novel matrix for structural passenger-car applications.

Published: 10/23/2019

Composites Index contracts for third month
The Composites Index experienced its third month of contracting activity in September, registering 47.3.

Published: 10/21/2019

Shape Machining unveils carbon fiber suspension links
The company has designed, manufactured and successfully tested a carbon fiber suspension link for a high-end automotive OEM.

Published: 10/17/2019

Composites 4.0: digital assistants, edge computing and the future of smart factories
Plataine reviews developments and discusses where composites manufacturing is headed.

Published: 9/30/2019

Addcomposites' virtual demo on how to make an AFP composite laminate
Readers are walked through how to program and operate the AFP-XS plug and play system.

Published: 9/24/2019

Automated joining of hybrid metal-thermoplastic composite structures
The FlexHyJoin production cell combines surface structuring, induction and laser joining and NDT for automotive mass production.

Published: 9/23/2019

Composites Index contraction slowed in August
The Index indicated expansionary readings in production, supplier deliveries and exports, but was pulled lower by employment, new orders and backlogs.   

Published: 9/16/2019

Ford study assesses composite hybrid structural suspension for commercial vehicles
Along with partners Gestamp UK, the National Composites Centre and the University of Nottingham, the project goal is to translate findings into commercial production.