In China, production is running at all 15 sites. In Europe the company is already producing in 90% of its plants again. BENTELER plans to successfully complete the restart of the entire European production within the next six weeks.
In North and South America, the wave of pandemic infections is currently developing dynamically. To ensure the safety of the employees, the company's sites in these regions are therefore in an early ramp-up phase.
BENTELER said in a press release, "The health of our employees has top priority when we restart our global production. A big thank you to them for their commitment."
With the new Dynapro AT2, premium tyre maker Hankook continues to position itself in the all-terrain segment and offers with this 4x4 tyre a specialist for all situations that is also ready for use all year round. With the 3PMSF identifier on the sidewall, the latest member of the Dynapro family is now also suitable for use in winter conditions. The development focus for this tyre has been to achieve a special balance between the necessary off-road traction, as well as good on-road performance.
It is for good reason that the AT in the name stands for “all terrain”, because with the Dynapro AT2 - provided you have the right vehicle - the journey does not end where the road stops. All those venturing beyond the asphalt, whether it be in their work or private life, will find in this tyre a reliable partner when driving to the paddock, hunting blind or, for example, to more remote construction sites. A seasonal tyre change is also no longer necessary in this segment, where high annual mileage is not usually required, thanks to the snowflake symbol.
This robust all-rounder is equipped with a double-layer carcass and extra reinforced shoulders for off-road fun. A special protective layer under the tread helps prevent or reduce damage in the belt area, which in combination with the high-strength solid steel belt package ensures excellent road holding on the asphalt, and extended service life for a product in this segment. To ensure that the journey on the road can continue safely, the tread pattern of Dynapro AT2, in combination with the high dispersion silica tread compound not only ensures that water displacement is optimised, but the tread pattern also has excellent self-cleaning properties. This feature ensures that dirt, stones, and other objects that would otherwise compromise the grip on the asphalt are efficiently ejected. The more pronounced tread, which is necessary to ensure sufficient grip in off-road conditions, usually leads to stronger rolling noise as soon as you start driving on the road at slightly higher speeds. To counteract this, Dynapro AT2 features stepped block edge technology, and a staggered tread pattern which significantly reduces rolling noise. In addition, the advanced tread compound extends the service life of the tyre and ensures even higher mileage compared to the previous tread.
The extra wide contact patch in combination with the compact belt ensures even wear and optimises both braking and handling characteristics. In the wet, the new traction tread pattern of Dynapro AT2 shows off its strengths thanks to the effective drainage grooves and ensures shorter braking distances on wet roads compared to its predecessor. The Dynapro AT2 is available in the most common sizes from 15 to 22 inches and speed indexes from R to H ensure that it can be used on a wide range of vehicle types from compact four-wheel drive SUVs to heavy duty pick-ups. This robust all-rounder is available in tread widths from 225 to 325, and cross-sections from 45 to 85. The tyre will also be fitted as original equipment on models of the car manufacturers Chevrolet and Ford. The functional design of the Dynapro AT2 furthermore impressed the independent jury of the prestigious Red Dot Design Award, which the tyre was recently awarded.
BorgWarner’s Noblesville Technical Centre lab will be focused on the development of motors and power electronics for the light vehicle and commercial vehicle markets. Engineers will have the ability to build, calibrate, and test the heart of electric propulsion systems for quick feedback to design and analysis teams. Housing the entire range of engineering and development disciplines together in the same location creates advantages for BorgWarner, including the reduction of down time during the design process while fostering greater levels of collaboration.
“Having engineering, testing and prototype together under one roof is a competitive advantage as we move toward a highly technical and electrified future,” said Dr. Stefan Demmerle, President and General Manager, BorgWarner PowerDrive Systems. “The ability to streamline processes and improve design collaboration and responsiveness amongst engineering and prototyping will be reflected in future technologies developed at Noblesville.”
The 40,000 square-foot lab will be home to many newly built electric components that will be used in both hybrid and electric vehicles. This lab expands BorgWarner’s hybrid and electric capabilities by providing a space where real-world conditions can be generated, and updates can be made to progress the most advanced technologies in the industry in a much shorter timeframe.
The Noblesville lab is designed to maximise space utilization; it moved all non-critical equipment such as high voltage cabinets, isolation transformers, and battery simulators, to an equipment platform, reserving space on the main floor for additional test cells. The interior insulated walls are modular allowing for quick and easy layout changes creating an agile building infrastructure for the future.
BorgWarner equipped the facility with the entire scope of motor manufacturing equipment, which enables the prototype phase to emulate the production process and uncover lessons that can be transferred to the manufacturing plant responsible for mass production. This equipment includes wire formers, slot liner insertion, wire insertion, laser welding, varnishing and end of line testing.
The opening of this new High-Tech lab is consistent with BorgWarner’s aim to strengthen its power electronics products, capabilities and scale to be a leader in electrified propulsion systems.
The facility, which primarily manufactures motorcycle and racing tyres, has been temporarily closed since late March due to coronavirus and its impacts.
To help protect employees returning to the plant, Cooper has put in place a comprehensive set of health and safety procedures that include required employee disclosures, increased cleaning and disinfecting of facilities and equipment, social distancing and physical barriers, visitor restrictions, and other measures.
Similar procedures have been in effect at Cooper plants in China, the United States and Serbia, all of which reopened after temporary closures, and are in various stages of ramping production back up according to demand, which has been impacted industry wide by the global pandemic.
Throughout the global pandemic, Cooper’s distribution centres around the globe have continued to operate and flow product to customers.
The new material complements Polyplastics' flagship DURACON POM portfolio which is already widely used for automotive fuel system components due to its superior mechanical properties, heat and fuel resistance, and excellent moldability.
The newly launched new grade, DURACON H140DR, offers superior performance over competitive materials and is targeted for global markets. While drive systems will likely shift toward electrification, diesel engines are expected to remain in use for certain commercial vehicles, according to Polyplastics. Low-quality diesel fuel contains a high concentration of acid and sulfur which has a negative effect on POM.
Fuels that contain a high concentration of sulfur act on main polymer chains and facilitate decomposition in POM. Tests show the percentage of weight change (decomposition rate) when POM is immersed at high temperature in test diesel fuel with a high concentration of sulfur. DURACON H140DR has superior resistance compared to a competitor's improved diesel fuel resistant POM and a standard material.
DURACON H140DR has a higher melt flow rate (MFR) than standard grade M90-44, resulting in good formability. It is also denser, with smaller crystal size, and thus has a high degree of crystallisation compared to standard grade M90-44.
The new grade has the same level of creep-fracture properties versus competitive materials, and appears to have enough long-term mechanical resistance properties as well. Environmental stress fracture testing reveals that DURACON H140DR has high resistance to external factors such as acid rain and various acidic solvents used in cars.
The facility will bring approximately 75 new jobs to the region, with construction expected to be complete in early 2021.
“There are many factors that go in to building a business case for a new site,” said Chris Bradford, regional head of interiors at Marelli. “Our key considerations were affordability, proximity to customers, quality of the local workforce, and the opportunity to expand. The state of Ohio, Wood County, and ultimately the city of Bowling Green checked all the boxes for us. The location strengthens our delivery position with automotive OEMs in Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ontario, Canada.”
At the outset, planned operations will occupy 50 percent of the available 100,000 square foot space. The facility will include manufacturing, assembly and warehousing operations to support two new bulkhead programs. A bulkhead is a structural portion of the vehicle that provides attachment locations for headlamps, the radiator and the hood latch. Marelli will hire approximately 75 employees to support production of more than 760,000 components per year. The company continues to quote new customer programs that, if won, would bring additional employment to the area.
Marelli considered alternate locations in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, and Ontario, Canada, before settling on Bowling Green, OH. The company worked closely with Northwest Ohio’s Regional Growth Partnership and JobsOhio on site selection and incentive packaging. These organizations provided unmatched support throughout the decision making process.
“Marelli is a globally successful auto supplier with many options on where to invest, and it chose Ohio,” said J.P. Nauseef, JobsOhio president and CIO. “The decision to build this new facility and create 75 new jobs in Bowling Green demonstrates the confidence Marelli has in the region’s talent, and the optimism we share for future growth in Ohio.”