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Doga S.A. Autovia A-2, Km. 583, 08630 Abrera, Barcelona, Spain Major Parts Suppliers image
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Futaba Industrial Co., Ltd. 1 Ochaya, Hashime-cho, Okazaki-shi, Aichi-ken, 444-8558, Japan Major Parts Suppliers image
Gestamp Automocion S.A. Alfonso XII, 16, Madrid 28014, Spain Major Parts Suppliers image
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Oct 11, 2021

On October 7, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) announced that it has started manufacturing its own press tools in-house with an investment of GBP 1.7 million at its Halewood plant in UK.
The investment involves the installation of a new Press Die Manufacturing Centre, with five-axis milling machine, which manufactures press tools known as blanking dies from raw castings. The blanking dies are the first stage in the manufacture of car body panels, during new vehicle production.
JLR Halewood facilities will also be upgraded to enable the production of fully electric vehicles, as part of its new global Reimagine strategy, for the electrification of both Jaguar and Land Rover brands.

(Jaguar Land Rover press release)

Oct 04, 2021

On September 28, Hexcel announced that it has collaborated with HP Composites S.p.A to develop carbon fibre Class A body panels. Hexcel HexPly XF surfacing technology is being extensively used by the Italian component producer to manufacture external body panels and other components for cars such as Alfa Romeo’s new supersport sedans, the Giulia GTA, and GTAm.
HexPly XF3 is an epoxy prepreg surface material, developed with processing input from the HP Composites team to address the challenges of producing high-quality Class A automotive body panel surfaces with excellent resistance to ageing tests. Applied as the first ply in the mould and after curing at 120-180˚C in an autoclave, HexPly XF3 produces a smooth part surface with no porosity, that requires minimal preparation for painting. HP Composites has incorporated automated robotic sanding techniques for this finishing stage with the paint-ready HexPly XF3 surface providing excellent paint adhesion according to EN ISO 2409. HP Composites typically uses autoclave processing for HexPly XF3 parts, maximizing weight savings and structural performance of the final components. HP has also developed its own proprietary press and compression moulding processes, including Air Press Moulding technology, compatible with HexPly XF3 and other HexPly prepregs for higher volume production series that require increased production rates.

Hexcel press release  

Sep 29, 2021

On September 22, Gordon Murray Design announced that it has revealed its revolutionary iStream vehicle design and manufacturing process at the 2021 Cenex-LCV show in Millbrook, UK. iStream’s innovative systems can be applied to a broad portfolio of vehicles, with every form of powertrain, like electric quadricycle, a mid-engined sports car, luxury SUV or light commercial vehicle. 
Using iStream’s manufacturing processes can reduce the overall weight of a typical family car by over 20%. It reduces the number of components needed to make up body panels by over 50%. The use of recycled fibre composite panels can reduce weight further. iStream’s comprehensive and revolutionary design and manufacturing process is a cost-effective way to develop lightweight vehicles, making it especially applicable to EVs where battery size, cost and weight mean that keeping overall vehicle weight to a minimum is essential to optimise performance and range. Gordon Murray presented its electric MOTIV autonomous-ready personal mobility vehicle based on iStream concept. It is just 2.5m in length, weighs less than 400kg and has a range of 140 miles and is officially classed as a Quadricycle. It’s been designed and built to comply with crash regulations for mainstream passenger cars and houses a battery pack that is twice as large as similar vehicles.

Gordon Murray Design press release