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By: Matthew Beecham

Matthew Beecham interviews automotive component industry specialists to learn more about changing technologies and new innovations.



Libertine FPE on how to make a gallon of fuel go 30 percent further 19 May 2015

A new technology called Digital Piston Motion Control eliminates the crankshaft of a conventional engine and controls the piston movement using an ECU. To understand more about this novel approach and its potential benefits, Matthew Beecham spoke to Sam Cockerill, CEO of Libertine FPE.


RESEARCH ANALYSIS: Novel roof designs that surprise and delight yet keep a lid on weight and costs 11 May 2015

While the variation of roof systems continues to grow, the push for lighter cars has led to the adoption of carbon fibre and polycarbonate in roof design. Matthew Beecham reviews some trends in the roof system market.


Lear Corp VP Bill Presley on designing wire harnesses in a virtual world 5 May 2015

Continuing just-auto's series of interviews with tier one manufacturers, Matthew Beecham spoke to Bill Presley, Vice President Engineering, Wire/Terminals & Connectors, Lear Corp about the forces pushing innovation in the automotive wiring harness industry as well as some alternatives to traditional wiring.


Magna Electronics VP Olaf Bongwald eyes blossoming camera market 29 Apr 2015

Continuing just-auto's series of interview with tier one component manufacturers, Matthew Beecham spoke to Olaf Bongwald, VP, Magna Electronics about rear view cameras, video cameras, mirrorless cars and the head-up display market.


RESEARCH ANALYSIS: Review of vehicle seating 27 Apr 2015

Car seats are becoming lighter by as much as 50 percent. This paradox is achieved through novel designs’ using new materials, foams and assembly mechanisms writes Matthew Beecham.


Q&A with TMD Friction 8 Apr 2015

TMD Friction is a major manufacturer of brake products for the automotive industry, producing one million brake friction products per day. Matthew Beecham talked with TMD Friction’s Director Strategic Planning & Marketing OE, Dirk Brieke about trends in the brake friction market, its copper-free high performance brake pads and CV-Light Plate for commercial vehicles.


Q&A with Convergent Science: CFD in vehicle development 7 Apr 2015

The rise of computer processing power together with the introduction of so called ‘supercomputers’ have enabled computational fluid dynamics (CFD) - the prediction of fluid flows using mathematical modelling - to become increasingly relevant and effective in road vehicle development. Matthew Beecham spoke to Rob Kaczmarek, director of marketing at Convergent Science about the role of CFD in vehicle development.


Q&A with Victrex, a global high-performance polymer solutions provider 23 Mar 2015

Victrex plc is a UK-headquartered, global high-performance polymer solutions provider. Matthew Beecham spoke to Stephen Dougherty, Strategic Marketing Director, Victrex Polymer Solutions about its automotive business, applications and some misconceptions about the use of certain materials in vehicle manufacture.


Q&A with Eugenio Toccalino, Director of Strategic Marketing, Dow Automotive 23 Feb 2015

Dow Automotive Systems is a provider of polyurethanes, elastomers, films, fluids, adhesives, emissions solutions and acoustic-management materials to the global transportation industry. Matthew Beecham spoke to Eugenio Toccalino, Director of Strategic Marketing, Dow Automotive about structural foams and adhesives and the ways in which the supplier is helping OEMs make cars lighter.


Q&A with Rajus Augustine, Director HALOsonic Business Development, Harman 16 Feb 2015

At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, Harman presented some updates to its HALOsonic suite of noise management solutions. Matthew Beecham spoke to Rajus Augustine, Director HALOsonic Business Development to find out what it means for OEMs.


Autonomous driving: Q&A with Chris Hoyle, Technical Director at rFpro 10 Feb 2015

We are continually told that driverless cars are tomorrow's world. Already the idea that they will feature at the 2020 Olympic Games is a given. In the meantime, an engineering team at rFpro have been looking at the ways in which to test these vehicles accurately in a safe, virtual environment using a simulator. To find out more, Matthew Beecham spoke to Chris Hoyle, Technical Director at rFpro.


Q&A with Kia Cammaerts, founder of Ansible Motion 5 Feb 2015

Vehicle simulators have changed beyond recognition in the past few years. Developments in responsiveness, graphics, together with improvements in vehicle and road surface modelling fidelity mean that today's simulators offer the potential to do much more. The 'driver in the loop' sector has seen the most development with simulators now relevant for subjective and objective assessment of vehicle and component performance where a human driver is required, such as emergency situations or even the introduction of autonomous cars. Matthew Beecham spoke to Kia Cammaerts, founder of Ansible Motion, a designer and manufacturer of engineering-class driving simulators for ground vehicles.


Q&A with Mike Savage, Chief Engineer, Drive System Design 28 Jan 2015

Business trends can change quickly in developing markets, such as India, reflecting the pace of change in society. Matthew Beecham spoke to Mike Savage, chief engineer at Drive System Design about how the transmissions market in India is undergoing a period of radical change.


RESEARCH ANALYSIS: Review of cockpits and instrumentation 26 Jan 2015

Although there can be no doubt that tomorrow's drivers will be better informed, there remains some concern about information over-load. Matthew Beecham reports on some innovations to help keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.


Q&A with Peter Becker, Executive Managing Director of Kumho Tire - European Technical Centre 26 Jan 2015

Continuing just-auto's series of interviews with global tyre manufacturers, Matthew Beecham spoke to Peter Becker, Executive Managing Director, Kumho Tire Co Inc about trends in tyre development, modelling, labelling and run-flats.


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