The vehicle features Tenneco’s passive front and rear dampers and coil and air spring suspension modules, engineered to improve ride performance and stability.
“Our innovative suspension modules, like those featured on the new Jaguar I-Pace, are designed to meet each vehicle’s ride and handling targets as well as specific packaging requirements,” said Neville Rudd, Senior Vice President, Tenneco Global Ride Control. “These suspension modules incorporate designs and materials that offer important benefits for all-electric vehicles such as lightweighting, underbody space savings and simplified vehicle integration.”
Reducing overall vehicle weight is critical to the efficient operation of electric powertrains, which can be heavier compared to traditional internal combustion engine powertrains. Tenneco’s suspension modules include plastic spring seats, an aluminum top mount and other lightweight components that can help offset the weight of electric motors and batteries, offering improved vehicle performance.
Tenneco will supply the vehicle’s suspension components and modules from its manufacturing facilities in Sint-Truiden, Belgium (front passive dampers); Hodkovice, Czech Republic (rear passive dampers and rear modules); and Birmingham, UK (front air & coil module assembly).
Great Wall has announced its plan to launch a new independent flagship all-electric small vehicle brand, the ORA. With the roll-out of new vehicle brand, Great Wall will upgrade the steering systems in its new models from traditional hydraulic power steering to electric power steering ("EPS"). CAAS' EPS products will be installed in Great Wall's model ORA R150 and total shipments are expected toreach 150,000 units in 2019.
Qizhou Wu, Chief Executive Officer of CAAS, commented, "With annual sales consistently over one million units, Great Wall has been the undisputed champion of sports utility vehicles in China for years. Their move to small urban electric vehicles speaks volumes of the market opportunities. Being lighter weight with improved maneuverability on different road conditions, EPS is a natural fit for electric vehicles."
"Since the establishment of the joint venture with our Japanese partner KYB, the mass production of our EPS products has accelerated in late 2018. With this milestone contract, we are looking to regain growth momentum and solidify our market position in the EPS space," added Wu.
It is the company’s second largest investment in Poland in recent months, following the announcement of a manufacturing plant in Niemce, which is scheduled to open in the 3rd quarter of 2019.
EGR systems are a proven, cost-effective solution for improved fuel economy. To meet more and more stringent emissions regulations, the demand for this advanced technology is increasing among vehicle manufacturers. BorgWarner provides its customers with a range of technologies, from EGR valves to complete EGR module solutions.
By recirculating a controllable portion of exhaust gas back into the intake air, EGR systems enable the reduction of combustion temperatures and increase engine efficiency, even at minimal coolant flow. The company's valves precisely regulate EGR at various engine speeds and loads.
BorgWarner's solution enables reductions in fuel consumption by minimising the use of enriched fuel/air mixtures while facilitating a leaner burn through improved combustion timing.
ZG will become part of the Mahle Powertrain family, and the acquisition complements perfectly the company's dual strategy for optimising the internal combustion engine (ICE) while focusing on new developments in alternative drive technologies.
"As drivetrains are increasingly integrated in pursuit of reduced emissions, efficiency gains come from increasingly focused refinements," said Simon Reader, Mahle Powertrain Engineering Director. "Gears can be overlooked, whether in the ICE, transmission or an electric driveline. Today's high-torque hybrid powertrains demand exceptional gear refinement and durability, but there is a constant need to reduce component size and weight."
"This is where the ZG acquisition fits in. The ZG team has proven expertise in optimised gear design and transmission layouts. These can facilitate marked improvements in NVH, friction performance, packaging and weight reduction, leading to improved efficiency, especially for electric drives. Every aspect of our work, from full powertrains to electric drivelines, can be improved by good gear and transmission design, which is why ZG's acquisition is an important development for us."
The deal is the latest investment in future powertrain development facilities and the expertise of Mahle Powertrain, the propulsion systems development specialist, which also has expanded its award-winning £8.3m Real Driving Emissions Center to help the automotive industry meet stringent future efficiency targets.
ZG-Zahnräder und Getriebe GmbH was founded as a spin-off from the Technical University of Munich in 2008 and today works closely with several major vehicle manufacturers and Tier 1 suppliers. From programme inception to prototype testing, the company has established a core competence in the development, optimisation and production of advanced gears with particular expertise in electric- and hybrid-drive concepts. For example, it has developed and patented PlanGear, an application that can computer-generate and evaluate all relevant transmission structure options, including complex hybrid drives. This has the effect of accelerating gear development, reducing costs and enhancing performance, which could bring additional advantages as part of an integrated-drive system development program.
In addition, MAHLE Powertrain Ltd. is further enhancing the capability of its new Real Driving Emissions (RDE) Centre. The facility houses the UK's only hypobaric testing equipment, which enables precise vehicle powertrain altitude testing, as part of a complete development solution for the automotive industry. It represents a crucial opportunity to ensure that all new vehicles comply with RDE test procedures and the new WLTP regulations ahead of final implementation in September 2019. The expansion of the Centre's electric-motor and battery-cell performance test facilities will further enhance Mahle Powertrain's unique, integrative vehicle-development competence.
The companies took part in two cartels for the supply of car seatbelts, airbags and steering wheels to European car producers. All three suppliers acknowledged their involvement in the cartels and agreed to settle the case.
Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy said: “This is the second time we fined car safety equipment suppliers for participating in a cartel. Components such as seatbelts and airbags are essential for the safety of the millions of people that use their car to drive to work or take their children to school every day. The three suppliers colluded to increase their profits from the sale of these life-saving components. These cartels ultimately hurt European consumers and adversely impacted the competitiveness of the European automotive sector, which employs around 13 million people in the EU."
The three car equipment suppliers addressed in this decision exchanged commercially sensitive information and coordinated their market behaviour for the supply of seatbelts, airbags and steering wheels to the Volkswagen Group and the BMW Group. The coordination to form and run the cartel took place mainly through meetings at the suppliers' business premises but also in restaurants and hotels, as well as through phone calls and e-mail exchanges.
The cartel is likely to have had a significant effect on European customers, since the customers affected by the cartel, the Volkswagen Group and the BMW Group sell around three of every ten cars bought in Europe. The Commission's investigation revealed the existence of two separate infringements.
In setting the level of fines, the Commission took into account, in particular, the sales value in the EEA achieved by the cartel participants for the products in question, the serious nature of the infringement, its geographic scope and its duration.
Takata received full immunity for revealing the two cartels (thereby avoiding an aggregate fine of ca. €195 million). Autoliv and TRW benefited from reductions of their fines for their cooperation with the Commission investigation. The reductions reflect the timing of their cooperation and the extent to which the evidence they provided helped the Commission to prove the existence of the cartels in which they were involved.
Freudenberg Performance Materials is the specialist for technical textiles of the Freudenberg Group. In China, Freudenberg & Vilene Nonwovens, a joint venture with Japan Vilene Company, Tokyo / Japan, represents the Group.
With the new production line, Freudenberg will increase its annual production of technical textiles in Suzhou by around 8 million square metre. Customers will particularly benefit from higher quality of the next generation headliner products.
“This investment underscores our long-term commitment to Asia. We want to continue to support our customers in the automotive market with innovative and sustainable solutions that will help them grow”, said Dr. Frank Heislitz, CEO of Freudenberg Performance Materials.
Freudenberg & Vilene Company headliners are based on nonwovens and can be finished in various ways to provide additional functionality. Apart from excellent surface appearance with good abrasion resistance, outstanding acoustic properties and improved stain resistance, these products contribute to higher comfort in the car interior as well as marked reduction in vehicle weight when combined with other vehicle components.
In addition, the company also uses a proportion of recycled products in the manufacture of its products. In this way, Freudenberg helps its customers to reduce their environmental footprint.
“Freudenberg & Vilene Company offers its customers innovative products ensuring consistently high quality”, explained Heislitz. Freudenberg & Vilene Company first introduced printed headliners to the market in 2010, thus capturing a special customer need. Already in 2016, the company investment in an additional production line.
In Asia and China, Freudenberg & Vilene Company enjoys long-standing relationships with Asian OEMs, where it holds a leading position in the market. A cornerstone of this success has been the ability to create numerous headliner innovations.
This will become Mitsui Chemicals’ third manufacturing base for LGFPP, joining existing bases in Japan and the U.S. By establishing this new facility, Mitsui Chemicals’ production capacity for LGFPP will increase to 10,500 tons per year.
With an estimated total production of 3,500 tons/year, the construction ot the plant is scheduled to get completed by February 2020, with operations commencing in September 2020.
Developed by Prime Polymer Co., Ltd., Mitsui Chemicals’ LGFPP is a composite material made by melting and mixing polypropylene (PP) resin with long glass fibres.
The lightweight material offers an attractive appearance, with long glass fibers providing a good balance between hardness and impact resistance. The material is already being adopted in areas such as the unpainted insides of rear car doors.
The recent strengthening of environmental regulations and a shift toward electric vehicles have led to increasing needs for automotive lightweighting. As a result, demand is on the rise for fibre-reinforced resins and is expected to grow further for such materials able to substitute for metal such as car doors and other such parts.
Mitsui Chemicals aims to achieve further business expansion in mobility, a key sector for the company, by continuing to correctly gauge global growth in demand.
The company also took the opportunity to announce its future plans for the R&D Centre site with the construction of a new office building next to the testing centre, designed to create additional working space for the developers who work there.
“The new testing centre for drive technologies is the fitness centre for mobility of the future. This is where all of ZF’s vehicle drives are technologically fine-tuned to get them in peak condition,” announced Chief Executive Officer of ZF Friedrichshafen AG, Wolf-Henning Scheider in his speech for the opening of the testing centre in Friedrichshafen.
ZF has designed the testing centre to be a highly flexible building capable of testing electric, hybrid and combustion engine drives. Battery simulators are used to supply the necessary power to electric and hybrid drives. In this way, the entire power supply for a vehicle can be simulated in the test boxes – whatever the power source.
“The building reflects ZF’s candid R&D policy to engage with new technologies in order to develop innovative solutions which provide people with safe and comfortable mobility, affordable for everyone,” emphasised Wolf-Henning Scheider.
ZF is to extend its capacities in Friedrichshafen even further. A new office building is to be built on the R&D Centre premises immediately to the east of the testing centre and in keeping with the centre’s design. The building is to accommodate around 400 ZF developers. The construction project is currently in the planning and approval stage. Following a total investment of €70 million ($79.8 million) in the testing centre, ZF is expected to invest a double-digit million figure.
In Friedrichshafen, ZF operates numerous test equipment for various requirements and products. This equipment includes the existing transmission test benches in the R&D Centre as well as a test bench for the laser-based LIDAR technology, an integral component of the sensor set for automated driving functions.
“The testing centre specialises in the endurance testing of drive technologies,” said Dr. Dirk Walliser, Head of Corporate Research and Development at ZF. “Here, we can simulate the entire life cycle of a vehicle drive – whether it’s an electric or hybrid drive or a drive with combustion engine – in just three months.”
“This test field enables our developers to test automated and autonomous functions virtually at their desks,” added Dirk Walliser. “This is an invaluable asset, enabling us to speed up our development processes and optimize testing procedures.”