By: Matthew Beecham
Matthew Beecham interviews automotive component industry specialists to learn more about changing technologies and new innovations.
The main forces driving automotive emission technology are, of course, the ever increasing stringent emissions regulations worldwide. These in turn are triggering a raft of innovation in developing fuel efficient engines such as diesel or lean burn gasoline engines with high demands in particulate emissions reduction and NOx reduction technology. Alternatives fuels are another viable way to reduce CO2. For this second part of our management briefing, we talked with executives of Aeristech, Zircotec and Federal-Mogul about trends in after-treatment, exhaust coatings and 'upstream' factors influencing emissions as part of a move towards higher energy ignition systems.
As automakers increasingly use simulation to supplement their vehicle test programmes, Matthew Beecham spoke to Chris Hoyle, technical director at rFpro, the simulator software company which recently won an award for its new approach to producing digital road models.
Camber Ridge is a new tyre testing facility set to open in 2016 in North Carolina, US. It aims to offer tyre manufacturers, vehicle OEMs and Tier 1’s the opportunity to measure the dynamic properties of tyres in an environment that blends testing on real road surface with the controlled conditions found in development laboratories. Matthew Beecham spoke to Camber Ridge’s CEO, Dr James F Cuttino, about the centre and its plans.
The car's exhaust system is a technology hotbed, playing a decisive role in controlling emissions and acoustic comfort. Continuing just-auto's series of research snapshots - pulled from its automotive research platform, QUBE with comment from market leaders Tenneco and Faurecia - Matthew Beecham reviews some technical trends in the exhaust sector.
As powertrain engineers seek constant improvements in engine efficiency, often through downsizing and boosting, they are exposing the limitations of existing turbocharging and supercharging technologies. Matthew Beecham spoke to Bryn Richards, CEO of UK-based Aeristech, about the latest developments in this area and what they could mean for future vehicles.
The automotive industry should consider simpler materials over high-performance complex composites at the initial design stage so that cars can be more readily recycled at the end of their lives, according to UK-based plastics recycler Axion Polymers.
Continuing just-auto's series of research snapshots - pulled from its automotive research platform, QUBE - Matthew Beecham talks to executives at Lear Corp and Dräxlmaier Group about some trends in the wiring harness sector.
Coatings specialist Zircotec recently announced that it had secured a number of new OEM contracts for both OE automotive and motorcycle exhaust coatings, marking a step change in the volumes its UK-based factory is now producing. Matthew Beecham spoke to managing director Terry Graham about the transition to volume manufacturing and challenges of supporting these new projects.
For many years, power steering technology was focused on hydraulic systems but demand is now favouring electric power steering mainly due to fuel consumption and logistical benefits. In this briefing extracted from just-auto/QUBE's research service, Matthew Beecham provides an overview of some key companies and developments in the steering sector.
Continuing just-auto’s series of research snapshots – pulled from its automotive research platform, QUBE - Matthew Beecham reviews some trends in the road wheels market.
Continuing just-auto's series of research snapshots - pulled from its automotive research platform, QUBE - Matthew Beecham reviews some advances in the electronic braking system arena.
Reducing total cost of ownership and ensuring that new lightweight steels are strong enough to protect vehicle occupants in a crash are key challenges for materials and car designers alike. To find out more, Matthew Beecham spoke to Chris Wooffindin, Tata Steel’s product marketing manager for automotive.
Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with tier one suppliers, Matthew Beecham visited Nexteer Automotive’s steering plant in Tychy, Poland and spoke to Paul Poirel, Chief Product Engineer, Europe about trends in the electric power steering (EPS) market.
Continuing just-auto's series of research snapshots - pulled from its automotive research platform, QUBE - Matthew Beecham reviews some technical trends in the tyres sector and rolls out a few facts to memorize and amaze your friends.
Continuing just-auto's series of research snapshots - pulled from its automotive research platform, QUBE - Matthew Beecham reviews some lightweight solutions fitted to front-end modules by Faurecia, BASF, Plastic Omnium and SABIC Innovative Plastics.
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