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Safety is in the Bag
Dalphimetal, a Spanish subsidiary of TRW Automotive (www.trw.com), has pushed airbag technology forward with its Bag In Roof (BIR), X-Tether, and Dual-Chamber Side Airbag (DCSA) systems.
Article Published: 8/8/2006
Don't Bogart That Microbus
Although Volkswagen is working with Chrysler on what is known as “Concept M”—which will be a minivan that is slated to appear in the within the next couple of years (based on the forthcoming ’08 Chrysler minivan)—for re...
Article Published: 7/1/2006
Ovonics Devises New Semiconductor Control Device
Stanford Ovshinsky, president, chief scientist and technologist at Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. (ECD Ovonics; www.ovonic.com; Rochester Hills, MI), says his firm has developed a nano-control device that has the potential to replace transistors.
Article Published: 7/1/2006
A Sticky Situation
Adhesive bonding didn’t penetrate the market as quickly as expected, but the moves to multiple substrates and new, tougher to weld generations of steel, has increased interest in this technology.
Article Published: 7/1/2006
Building Better Car Bodies with Plastic At Little Tikes
Conventional thinking would have it that the world’s most successful small car plant would be located either in Asia, Eastern Europe or South America. It’s not. Convention also would dictate that the most affordable small car on the market would not...
Article Published: 6/29/2006
CVTS GO OFF ROAD
While gaining acceptance in passenger car applications, continuously variable transmission (CVT) systems haven’t made much of a dent in the light truck and SUV market.
Article Published: 6/1/2006
The Inside Story: Why Interiors Matter
Not so long ago, being assigned to an interior design program for a Big Three vehicle was not unlike being put in a penalty box, at least compared to the people assigned to doing exteriors. But driven by the need to catch up to the likes of Audi and...
Article Published: 6/1/2006
A NEW HYBRID MOUSETRAP?
Building a better mousetrap can be a daunting task, especially since the one on the market since 1897 already has a kill rate of 80%-plus, which in itself would seem impossible to surpass.
Article Published: 6/1/2006
SEEING THE LIGHT
Valeo Sylvania (www.valeosylvania.com; Seymour, IN), along with its Asian partner Ochikoh, plan to lead the way when it comes to developing next-generation lighting systems, including having the first full LED headlamp on the global market—to ...
Article Published: 5/1/2006
MAGNA'S COMPETITIVE APPROACH: DEVELOP & BUILD
QUICK: What company developed the BMW Z4 coupe? (Hint: It wasn’t BMW)ANSWER: Magna International (Aurora, Ontario, Canada; www.magna.com)That’s right: The Tier One supplier of stampings, systems, assemblies, etc. actually developed the i...
Article Published: 5/1/2006

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