By: Matthew Beecham
Matthew Beecham interviews automotive component industry specialists to learn more about changing technologies and new innovations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BWI Group’s MagneRide suspension systems are being increasingly featured in top end cars. In the EU they work on high end integration of chassis components with advanced control and sensory systems to produce vehicles that take safety, ride dynamics and sophistication to a new level. Conversely, BWI also work within the advancing Chinese market that sits in a very different end of the spectrum, where basic safety and control devices like ABS and ESC are just starting to take hold, and where AEB and autonomous driving are concepts reserved for the very top layer of the social elite who can afford to import EU and NA models. Matthew Beecham spoke to Craig Diem, BWI Group, Director – Strategic Planning about how the Group deals with the different challenges that these markets bring.
Continuing just-auto's series of interviews with global automotive component manufacturers, Matthew Beecham spoke to Swamy Kotagiri, executive vice president and chief technology officer of Magna International about the company's capabilities, including seats, convertible roof design and the use of new processes and materials in vehicle manufacture.
As we recover from the recession, Mark Bignell, Automotive Managing Consultant, Jonathan Lee Recruitment explains to Matthew Beecham how a 'perfect storm' led to shortages of automotive engineering skills and what companies can do to improve their situation.
Magna Closures designs, engineers and manufactures a range of vehicle closure modules, systems and components for the automotive industry. In this interview, Matthew Beecham spoke to David O'Connell, Vice President – Global Engineering and R&D, Magna Mirrors & Magna Closures about the company’s SmartLatch, PureView sliding window and how it strikes a balance between providing a door which improves side-crash safety yet reduces overall vehicle weight.
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