FINISHING

How Bentley Is Saving Water

Last fall Bentley planted 100 native British trees around its site in Crewe. Now it is getting additional sources of water for them and other uses at its facilities.

Gary S. Vasilash
Editor-in-Chief, AutoBeat Group

A Counterintuitive Approach to Printing Metal Parts

Hybrid additive/subtractive systems for printing and finishing metal parts have been around for years now. It’s always been “first build it, then cut and polish it.” A process developed by 3DEO Inc. uses a radically different hybrid method.  

Laser Surface Finishing Speeds Up

Lasers can provide an excellent surface finish on many materials, but it can take more time than the user can spare.

Audi’s Precision Painting

Audi finishing engineers are deploying overspray-free painting technology in a pilot paint shop at the company’s Ingolstadt facility.
#3M #Audi

Efficiently Painting Bytons

A paint shop being built by Dürr Group in Nanjing for the Future Mobility Corp. is being setup for an initial run of 150,000 vehicles per year (30 per hour) and for the potential of doubling that number.
#Byton #Durr

October 1, 9am CST

AutoBeat Live is a monthly 30-minute show featuring conversations with leading observers of and people in the auto industry. Each episode will include insights about what’s happening—things that may affect suppliers to the industry. 

Nissan Manufacturing Wish List

What are the sorts of things that people at Nissan North American manufacturing ops are looking for?
#Nissan #facilities #Infiniti

Seven Cool Tools

Increase operational productivity with these new developments
#HP

Robotic Sanding Tool for Improved Surfaces

End-effector allows consistency in surface prep
#3M

Paint by Supercar Numbers…Big Numbers

Carbon Fiber Finish Adds $443K to $3 Million Koenigsegg Supercar
#Bugatti #Koenigsegg #oddities

Paint by AI

Durr’s Machine learning software promises to improve quality and efficiency
#Durr #GeneralMotors

Toyota Touts More Efficient Electrostatic Painting Process

Device enables 95% coating efficiency, reduces emissions and paint booth size
#tech #Toyota #sustainability

BYTON Wants to Take a Bite Out of Tesla

Fast moving China-based EV startup is putting the finishing touches on a 300,000-unit factory
#Byton #Tesla

Your Moment of Zen

AkzoNobel names the “Color of the Year”

Clariant on Colors

Who knew that the changes in automobility—everything from ride-hailing to potential autonomous operation—would have an effect on. . .exterior color?
#Clariant #supplier

Painting a McLaren

The new McLaren 720S Spider by MSO: No, we’re not going to talk about the performance of the car that’s powered by a 710-hp, 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8.
#oem #HP #McLaren

Robotic Tape System Developed

Masking tape has its genesis in the automotive body shop, back in the 1920s when an employee of 3M watched painters have difficultly removing the paper that they had affixed to vehicles to “mask” portions of the cars from the paint that was being applied.
#supplier #3M

EV Tech Production Advances in China

Elon Musk was not the first CEO of Tesla; Martin Eberhard was (he was also the co-founder of Tesla, along with Marc Tarpenning). About five years after the establishment of Tesla, which occurred in 2003, Eberhard was no longer with the company.
#ChongqingSokon #supplier #Durr