Bridgestone announced that it will supply its tires as original equipment for BMW new X5, 8 Series and 3 series. Bridgestone has specifically developed its tires for each vehicle type, with a process that typically takes more than two years. It is required that to drop rolling resistance to previously unheard of levels, reducing fuel consumption and improving tire lifespan as well as to advance safety, braking, handling and comfort. (From a press release on April 18, 2019)
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On April 12, Volvo Car informed that it is starting production of the XC40 in Luqiao, China this week to meet ever growing demand for the company’s first small premium SUV.
Until now Volvo Cars’ Ghent plant in Belgium has been the sole production site for the XC40, which has sold over 100,000 units globally already.
As of this week, XC40s for the Chinese market are built at a manufacturing plant in Luqiao, south of Shanghai, which is owned by Geely and operated by Volvo Cars. Doing so brings XC40 production closer to the Chinese market and follows earlier production increases to meet XC40 customer orders.
The Luqiao plant already builds the 01 SUV sold by Lynk & Co, Volvo’s sister brand which it co-owns with Geely. Separately, Polestar, the electric performance brand co-owned by Volvo Cars and Geely, announced this week it will build the fully electric Polestar 2 fastback in Luqiao as of next year.
This means that soon, the Luqiao plant will build three models of three different brands within the wider Volvo Car Group on a single production line. The Volvo XC40, Lynk & Co 01 and Polestar 2 are all based on the Compact Modular Architecture (CMA), co-developed with Geely.
The Luqiao and Ghent plants are now focused on building cars based on CMA, while the manufacturing sites in Torslanda (Sweden), Chengdu and Daqing (both China) and Ridgeville, South Carolina (USA) build larger cars based on the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA).
On April 3, EconCore informed that the manufacturer of a variety of high-quality non-woven solutions is licensing EconCore’s technology in order to add value to the manufactured goods and to extend the range of commercial applications.
Tier 1 and 2 automotive suppliers benefit from good thermoformability of such panels producing light, strong and functional components of automotive interiors. Thermoplastic honeycomb cores, combined with non-woven thermoplastic skin layers, produce not only light and rigid sandwich panel, but also enhanced acoustic performance.
EconCore’s technology allows for the production of honeycomb cores and sandwich panels in a fast, continuous and in-line process, directly from a thermoplastic granulate. Due to its high efficiency the unique technology is applied typically in larger volume market applications allowing reductions of product’s cost and weight and consequently reductions of CO2 emissions.