Autonomous Vehicles

BASF Touts New Radar Housing

Minimizing electromagnetic interference is key


Sustainability Moon Shot

Greater cooperation called for to meet long-term goals


Toyota, Harley-Davidson Nab Top Lightweighting Awards

Electric motorcycles, free-standing seat frames, composite steering knuckles and tension leaf springs


Hengst Develops Reusable Oil Filter Module

Spin-on plastic unit promises to reduce combined steel and oil waste by 642,000 tons per year 


The Number-One Vehicle Paint Color Is. . .

Isn’t it sort of the absence of color?


BASF Building $10 Billion China Complex

Chemical giant BASF SE is building a $10 billion manufacturing complex in Zhanjiang, China, to make advanced plastics for the auto and electronics.industries.


Renault May Join Euro Battery Consortium

Renault SA Chairman Jean-Dominique Senard says his company will join a European consortium to make battery cells for electric cars if there’s a viable business case to do so.

Autonomous Vehicles

BASF Touts Lidar-Friendly Coatings

Chemical giant BASF SE says it has developed a coating technology to help lidar sensors in autonomous cars better detect nearby dark-colored vehicles.


VW May Join German EV Battery Consortium

On Friday Volkswagen AG’s supervisory board will discuss whether the carmaker should join a German consortium that is mulling European production of battery cells for electric cars, Reuters reports.


Mercedes Will Launch Ride-Hailing Service at BASF Campus

Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz Vans unit has partnered with BASF SE to develop mobility programs for the chemical giant, starting with a ride-sharing service for a BASF campus in Ludwigshafen, Germany.


VW Denies U.S. Ambassador’s Role in Decision to Exit Iran

Volkswagen AG disputes the claim by U.S. Ambassador Richard Grenell that he led negotiations to convince the company to stop doing business in Iran.

BASF Creates a Color Palette for the Globe

The BASF Coatings division designers have made their annual assessment of color trends in the auto industry and their report for 2018-19 has been given the theme “Keep It Real.”


When Major Suppliers Are There It Is Real

BASF’s Coatings division to supply the surface-pretreatment and waterborne coatings for the NIO ES8, a seven-passenger electric SUV.


Simulating Steering Wheel Molding

BASF offers a flexible integral foam system, Elastofoam I, for steering wheels. 


Hot Running Adapts

As automakers embrace new plastics, hot runner technology evolves to keep up.


EU Pushes Regional Battery Consortium

The European Union will convene a meeting on Oct. 11 to encourage the region’s top automotive and tech companies to form an Airbus-like consortium to develop battery systems for electric cars.


BASF Forms 3D Printing Unit

BASF SE is forming a subsidiary, BASF 3D Printing Solutions GmbH, to focus on 3D manufacturing applications.


FCA Honors Top N. American Suppliers

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV gave “Supplier of the Year” awards to 16 North American suppliers at a ceremony this week in Detroit.


Pieces of Plastic

Notable developments and uses of polymers, from turbochargers to oil pans to...yes, the Batmobile.

Materials & Lightweighting

Materially Creating a Concept

The RN30 is a concept race car from Hyundai. What’s interesting is that the vehicle was developed making an extensive use of non-metal materials for supplier BASF (basf.com).

Materials & Lightweighting

Lighter Doors Make a Massive Difference for 2025 (To Say Nothing of the Rest of the Closures)

Here’s a look at a study conducted to get a sense of just how much mass can be taken out of closures through the use of mixed materials rather than just one. You may be surprised at what they determined.

Yamaha’s Conceptual Trike

This is the 05GEN, a three-wheel concept vehicle created by Yamaha Motor Co. for short-distance travel.


BASF, Toda Kogyo in Talks to Expand Cathode Battery Partnership to N. America

German chemical giant BASF SE and Toda Kogyo Corp. say they have begun negotiations to combine their cathode active materials (CAM) businesses for lithium-ion batteries in North America.


Does Paul Elio Have Disruptive Technology?

Paul Elio says he recently read The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen (Harvard Business Review Press; 1997) and he thought that it was, in effect, telling the story of Elio Motors (eliomotors.com), the company that Elio established in 2009 to create a transformative motor vehicle.

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