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New carbon composite process provides superb surface finish and eliminates vulnerable lacquer coat   Print  
New carbon composite process provides superb surface finish and eliminates vulnerable lacquer coat Monday, 6th July 2009

New technique offers lower cost with improved durability for a wide range of applications

Automotive technology and specialist manufacturing company, Prodrive, has developed an answer to the problem of lacquer deterioration on visible carbon composite components – eliminate the lacquer completely. As well as increasing cosmetic durability and reducing cost, the new process delivers an exceptional surface finish that is thought to be at least equivalent to the best lacquered finishes.


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Omnipack selects ARPRO to cut waste and improve quality in automotive production logistics   Print  
Reusable, recyclable ARPRO expanded polypropylene dunnage trays provide superior part protection and improved environmental performance Thursday, 2nd July 2009

Seven times more cost effective reusable, ARPRO dunnage trays provide superior part protection and improved environmental performance

Czech automotive packaging specialist Omnipack is using ARPRO® to produce up to 15,000 dunnage trays each year for the country’s thriving automotive industry. The new reusable trays, which are designed to protect a variety of parts in transportation from suppliers to vehicle assembly lines, are around seven times more cost-effective then the cardboard packaging previously used while offering significant environmental benefits.


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Unique hybrid propulsion system makes UK debut on London buses   Print  
The first of the GM-Allison hybrids to run in the UK power Optare Tempo buses as part of the East London Bus Group fleet Wednesday, 1st July 2009

Innovative GM-Allison Hybrid EP-System powers 10 new Optare Tempo buses for Transport for London, contributing to a cleaner and quieter London

Bus passengers in East London are the first in the UK to experience a unique form of hybrid power with four of 10 new Optare Tempos equipped with the GM-Allison Hybrid EP-System recently becoming operational. The patented ‘two mode’ parallel hybrid technology combines direct power from an electronically controlled diesel engine with electric power from an energy storage system and is already delivering significant fuel saving benefits, lower emissions, and raising vehicle performance for bus fleets over 115 cities worldwide.


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Safe tyres are the key to a happy driving holiday   Print  
TyreSafe is advising motorists to check the condition of their tyres prior to a driving holiday to help prevent roadside misery this summer Tuesday, 30th June 2009

TyreSafe is advising motorists to check the condition of their tyres prior to a driving holiday to help reduce the risk of causing an accident

With an increased volume of traffic expected on the roads this summer as more families opt for a UK-based holiday, TyreSafe is encouraging all motorists to check their tyre pressure, tread depth and general tyre condition before they set off on holiday. Driving on correctly inflated tyres with sufficient tread depth is fundamental to both driver and passenger safety. Motorists can significantly reduce the risk of causing an accident or having to change a tyre mid-route by factoring in time to check their tyres and act on any problems well in advance of their departure date.


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DELPHI BROADENS ITS AIR CONDITIONING PRODUCT PORTFOLIO WITH NEW AFTERMARKET PARTS   Print  
The new layout of the catalogue. Monday, 29th June 2009

New 2009 catalogue includes more than 195 new part numbers for air conditioning systems

Warwick, UK — Delphi is introducing 195 new part numbers for air conditioning systems to meet rising demand for its OE-quality replacement components.


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Fluid mixing technology specialist EKATO cuts batch cooling times by 50 percent   Print  
The S-JET Homogenizer delivers hot/cold mixing, cutting energy use and increasing throughput. Monday, 29th June 2009

Implementation of hot/cold mixing, combined with a patented impeller design, reduces cooling times, cuts plant bottlenecks and increases overall plant efficiency

EKATO, a leading supplier of mixing solutions, has announced its S-JET homogenizer delivers significant energy reduction and process time improvements for batch mixing.  Already in-trials in several cosmetic applications with major producers, the S-JET solution cuts hours off product cooling times and debottlenecks entire production processes. The technology is ideal for all viscous mixing applications, including cosmetics, paints and food.


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Top MG specialists represent XPart at MGLive!   Print  
Members of XPart?s MG and Rover specialist network are showing their full support of the MGLive! event Monday, 29th June 2009

Key members of XPart’s nationwide MG Rover parts wholesaler and AutoService centre network are participating in the biggest MG event of the year

As MG owners from across the globe gear up for the biggest event in the MG calendar, members of XPart’s MG and Rover specialist network are showing their full support of MGLive! with race entries and a strong trade presence. Dreadnought Garage, Brown & Gammons, Luffield Cars and Rimmer Bros will all be represented at the event, together with Team Lunar Racing, an all-student race team supported by XPart. Now in its 59th year, the three-day MG celebration is packed with new features and is expected to attract over 10,000 visitors to the Silverstone Circuit.


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TyreSafe launches online truck tyre safety advice   Print  
TyreSafe has added a truck tyre safety section to its website for the commercial vehicle community Thursday, 25th June 2009

The commercial vehicle community can now access truck tyre safety advice online as TyreSafe adds truck specific pages to its website

Tyre safety organisation TyreSafe is making truck tyre safety information more widely available to commercial vehicle users by adding a truck specific section to its website and producing a truck tyre safety handout. Defective tyres represent a growing number of MoT failures in the HGV sector, with statistics recorded by VOSA showing that an MoT failure rate of 36.5 percent was recorded in 2007/8, with ‘condition of tyres’ ranking as the second most common failure defect. The new TyreSafe web pages contain invaluable tyre safety advice for all members of the commercial vehicle community, including fleet managers, workshop managers, fleet inspectors and drivers and are designed to be informative and easily accessible. 


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UAV reliability and weight improvements delivered by Wire in Composite   Print  
New embedded wiring technology prototype increases reliability, durability and package space for unmanned aerial vehicles. Wednesday, 24th June 2009

New embedded wiring technology prototype increases reliability, durability and package space for unmanned aerial vehicles

A prototype UAV wiring system that reduces weight yet also delivers improvements in reliability and package space is to be unveiled at the DVD military show. Designed by wiring specialists BERU f1systems, the wire in composite (WiC) technology completely encloses the lightweight wiring in composite shielding it from damage and environmental impact.


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Life in the Valley of the Shadow of Death!   Print  
Norilsk Nickel has used a BELAZ 75570, equipped with an Allison Transmission and a payload of 90 tonnes for its operations outside the town of Kaierkan, Norilsk, since July 2007. Friday, 12th June 2009

Intrepid Allison transmission proves a match for harsh polar conditions

Mining and Metallurgical Company (MMC) Norilsk Nickel has extensive mining operations in the Norilsk- Kaierkan region of Siberia, Northern Russia.  It is a region notorious for both its bleak landscape and vicious temperatures that can often reach in excess of -50˚C.  Mining trucks and their transmissions must therefore be durable and reliable to operate in such treacherous conditions.


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