Yazaki North America, Inc., a part of the Yazaki Group, announced that it has brought an automotive industry first to market by using an optical coupling adhesive in a vehicle instrument cluster design to create a more seamless appearance and improve display content visibility and clarity for the driver. The Company partnered with a leading domestic original equipment manufacturer to develop the new instrument cluster design. The partnership resulted in a high-end appearance to match the luxury vehicle’s interior, while staying cost competitive. It developed and refined a process to bond the thin-film-transistor (TFT) liquid-crystal display to a flexible tinted polycarbonate film to consistently and efficiently manufacture the display. By laminating the display to the tinted applique, the optical adhesive raises the TFT image to the applique front surface, resulting in overall cosmetic improvement in appearance that shows no visible cut lines, gaps, or transitions between the analog gauges. (From a press release on January 15, 2019)
Tri Petch Isuzu Sales, the local distributor of Isuzu trucks, is calling for the Thai government to introduce additional incentives for biodiesel B20 as the specifications for this fuel remain unclear for vehicle assemblers. The current retail biodiesel is called B7, blended within a range of 6.6-7% methyl ester (ME) content.
Thailand Energy Ministry recently announced about increasing the ME range to 6.8-7.2%. Moreover, the ministry has encouraged truck operators to use B20, blended with 20% ME, since July, projecting B20 consumption of 3 million liters per month.
Tri Petch Isuzu said that once there are clear specifications for B20, Isuzu will be able to develop compatible models of Isuzu pickups and trucks in a short period of time. A lot of old Isuzu models sold to the market are not compatible with B20.
Isuzu understands the government’s policy to promote B20 to relieve the oversupply of palm oil and improve the income and livelihood of farmers. Thai government also aims to reduce dependency on crude oil and risk from oil price fluctuation.
The company said that the R&D for B20 vehicles will result in higher production cost for engine and parts adjustment. Once the government considers incentives, B20 vehicles will be able to compete with ordinary diesel vehicles. Isuzu believes B20 promotion will be an economic driving force in the future.
On August 30, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) announced that the number of UK vehicle production for July decreased 9.9% over the previous year to 128,382 units. Passenger car production was down 11.0% to 121,051 units and commercial vehicle production was up 12.8% to 7,331 units year over year (y/y). Production of engines was up by 1.0% to 194,974 units.
Vehicle exports decreased 3.1% (y/y) to 106,239 units and domestic sales decreased 32.4% (y/y) to 22,143 units. The percentage of export was 82.8%.
In the first seven months of 2018, total vehicle production decreased 4.3% (y/y) to 1,004,246 units. The passenger car production was down 4.4% to 955,453 units, commercial vehicle was down 3.0% to 48,793 units and engines were up 5.2% to 1,685,096 units.
Mike Hawes, CEO of SMMT said "While the industry is undoubtedly feeling the effects of recent uncertainty in the domestic market, drawing long term conclusions from monthly snapshots requires a health warning. The bigger picture is complex and month by month fluctuations are inevitable as manufacturers manage product cycles, operational changes and the delicate balance of supply and demand from market to market. To ensure future growth, we need political and economic clarity at home, and the continuation of beneficial trading arrangements with the EU and other key markets."
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