GM’s Large Pickups to Get Carbon Fiber Load Beds

General Motors Co. is preparing to use carbon fiber-reinforced plastic in the load beds of its next-generation fullsize pickup trucks, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Fuel Cells

Toyota Fuel Cell Bus to Get Lightweight Roof

Japan’s Toho Tenax Co. has developed a lightweight roof for future Toyota Motor Corp. fuel cell-powered buses.


12 Suppliers Win PACE Awards for Innovations

The winners of this year’s PACE Awards (Premier Automotive Suppliers’ Contribution to Excellence) for product and process innovations related to production vehicles include 12 companies from five countries.


Teijin Buys Continental Structural Plastics for $825 Million

Japan’s Teijin Ltd. has agreed to purchase U.S. composites specialist Continental Structural Plastics (CSP) Holding Corp. for $825 million.

Materials & Lightweighting

Electric Vehicle Material Advance

Although the number of electric vehicles (EVs) predicted for deployment in the next several years is a number that could probably be parked without too much trouble at a major sporting arena, the amount of technology that is being developed to up that number is something that may knock the EV skeptics back a few paces.

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