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Stellantis sees internal combustion engine in vehicles through mid-century

Stellantis has concluded that 24 engine families in European vehicles sold since 2014, representing 28 million vehicles on the road, are ready to use advanced drop-in eFuel without any powertrain modification, following months of testing at its technical centers across Europe. The tests were conducted using surrogate eFuels provided by Aramco, one of the world’s leading integrated energy and chemicals companies.

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Synthetic leather combines genuine leather qualities with sustainability

Synthetic leathers made from silicone (Si) have superior tactile feel, durability, recyclability, ease of cleaning and inherent fire resistance, but have poor abrasion and cratch resistance due to the inherent properties of silicones. LuxSense is a first of its kind silicone-organic hybrid synthetic leather that combines the benefits of both to become the first synthetic leather that competes with authentic leather on performance, and exceeds all leathers on sustainability.

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Electrically powered vehicles: Impact of new fluids on sealing components

A lack of conventional energy resources and the associated consequences have led to a shift towards e-mobility in society in recent years. This has changed the requirements profile for Tenneco sealing components for electric drive compared to the traditional combustion engine. Figure 1 shows the change in the requirements profile. As such, Tenneco investigated the influence of these new requirements on its current elastomer portfolio in order to provide tailored materials for e-mobility applications, such as sealings for high voltage and electric components in, e.g., battery electric vehicles (BEVs) or fuel cell electric vehicles.

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SureMix S6 for process stability improvement in high silica tire tread compounds

Silica first found its way into elastomers as a filler in the 1950s, when it was used in shoe soles. By the 1970s, its use quickly expanded, as silica began being tested in heavy truck tires, passenger tires, engine mounts, gaskets and other rubber products. This expansion was due to growing information supporting its ability to increase adhesion, lower heat buildup and increase tear resistance. It was not until the early 1990s that Michelin proved in a commercially viable manner that the combination of precipitated silica and silane in a tire tread composition resulted in lower rolling resistance and increased wet traction.

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Sustainable Keltan EPDM

Suppliers to the automotive, as well as many other industries, can rise to the challenge and transform their products and processes for adoption of new requirements, specifications and regulations. This is a revolution, and it is progressing rapidly. Arlanxeo has recognized this opportunity and embarked on a path to address the challenges, as well as to provide products for its customers and end users to employ for their own product line revitalization toward sustainability. Keltan is a registered trademark of Arlanxeo. ACE technology is trademarked by Arlanxeo.

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Wacker receives IATF certification for silicone manufacturing 

– WACKER is forging ahead with the specialization of its silicone business in the field of electromobility. Parts of its silicone production have now been successfully certified to the automotive standard IATF 16949. As a result, WACKER can now supply automobile manufacturers and OEMs with silicone products that have been developed and manufactured according to IATF-certified processes. The certificates apply to selected company parts at the Burghausen site in Germany and Zhangjiagang in China. Corporate functions that support and control the manufacturing process were also certified.

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Yokohama Rubber significantly reduces weight of automotive air-conditioning hose by using a rubber–resin polymer

The new ultralight hose is made from a rubber–resin polymer alloy developed by applying Yokohama Rubber’s proprietary technologies. This new alloy combines the flexibility and heat resistance of rubber with the high gas barrier properties of resin, and its use enabled Yokohama Rubber to reduce the hoses’ weight by 50 percent. In addition, hoses made using this alloy do not need to be put through a vulcanization process that uses a large amount of heat. The new hoses will therefore contribute to the effort to achieve carbon neutrality. One of Yokohama Rubber’s strengths is its design and evaluation capabilities that enable it to integrate hoses and pipes in ways that respond to various customer requirements and piping layouts. The company plans to develop and promote all-resin piping to achieve a significant reduction in the weight of hose and pipe combinations. While continuing to develop a commercial version of this new lightweight hose, Yokohama Rubber also aims to enter the market for other types of automotive pipes.

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