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ARPRO helps create go-anywhere furniture   Print  
ARPRO has been selected for use as the ?LunaBlock?. Thursday, 20th November 2008

Making building blocks is child’s play

ARPRO has been selected for a basic contemporary building block. Based on children’s building bricks, the “LunaBlock” is for adults to create and reconfigure their own furniture and surroundings.


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Delphi's first prepackaged airbag/steering wheel featured on Smart Fortwo vehicles   Print  
Thursday, 20th November 2008

Delphi Focuses on Ease-of-Assembly Safety and Controls Systems for Daimler’s Smart Vehicles

TROY, Mich. – Delphi Corporation (PINKSHEETS: DPHIQ) is providing its first prepackaged driver side airbag assembly in the steering wheel for the Smart Fortwo vehicle made by Daimler. The steering wheel and airbag are usually shipped as separate components. Delphi is also supplying the passenger side airbag and passive occupant detection system for the fuel-efficient mini car.


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Cold weather tyres offer motorists a safer alternative this winter   Print  
Driving on cold weather tyres increases vehicle safety, helping to prevent accidents. Thursday, 20th November 2008

As well as offering added safety in the snow, cold weather tyres provide a safer option when driving on cold, wet roads

With winter fast approaching, TyreSafe is advising motorists to consider fitting cold weather tyres in order to improve road safety and reduce the number of accidents on the road. Despite the change in road conditions at the onset of winter, many drivers continue to drive on standard tyres. Slippery roads accounted for 55 percent of road traffic accidents in which road environment was a contributory factor in 2007, according to Department for Transport (DfT) figures. In November 2007, the DfT recorded a spike in personal injury accidents as drivers were caught out by the drop in temperature and increased rainfall, with 16,559 accidents recorded, nearly 700 more accidents than at any other time in the year.


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Rigorous analysis delivers exceptional accuracy in fuel consumption testing   Print  
Fuel efficiency comparisons can be determined not only through Millbrook?s engine and chassis dynamometer capabilities for light and heavy duty vehicles,but also via access to 50km of test tracks that allow repeatable simulation of almost every duty cycle Monday, 17th November 2008

Very small changes in fuel consumption can now be measured quickly and cost-effectively with up to 0.25 percent repeatability

Very small differences in fuel consumption are exceptionally hard to measure but for fleets they can lead to tens of thousands of pounds saved or lost every year. New techniques developed at test specialist Millbrook will allow these differences to be measured accurately and repeatably for the first time, helping fleet managers identify small improvements that add up to big savings.


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Agile logistics mix saves the day?11 days in a row   Print  
The geographical element of the operation, involved four airports in four countries across 8,000km and two continents Monday, 17th November 2008

A precisely orchestrated mix of on-board couriers and express airfreight over an 11-day period between Korea and Poland keeps essential production lines rolling

When part production at a supplier in Korea fell behind, due to a major design change, Evolution Time Critical, Europe's leading supplier of emergency, time critical logistics, was called into action. Timely intervention and a well-constructed emergency logistics operation ensured that production delays at one end did not translate into assembly delays 8,000km away at the other – at a major automotive OEM.


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Zircotec Reseller Program signs up four members in the first month   Print  
Following Turbo Dynamics, RS Fabrications and a further two other companies have joined Zircotec?s reseller programme. Monday, 17th November 2008

A new, added value service offers increased revenue stream for automotive preparation specialists, component manufactures and distributors has experienced strong demand since its launch

A new reseller program designed to accelerate profits for vehicle tuners and component manufacturers has signed up its fourth company within the first month. Zircotec’s Reseller Program can increase revenues by offering manufacturers and distributors an opportunity to broaden and differentiate their product range using Zircotec’s ceramic coatings to increase product reliability and performance


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New tilt table helps enhance military vehicle capability and safety   Print  
Tilt data will help improve vehicle capability and safety Friday, 14th November 2008

Vehicle development engineers now have a new location for tilt table evaluations, as Millbrook further expands its testing capabilities at its Bedford headquarters

One of Europe’s largest tilt tables has been installed at Millbrook, the UK-based military vehicle test and development centre and home of the UK Battlefield Mission. The facility can be used to determine static rollover thresholds and tilt operation capabilities for a wide range of vehicles including light, medium and heavy trucks, buses, ambulances, transporters, off-highway machines, cranes and stackers.


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Automatic fuel savings with Allison-equipped car transporter   Print  
Automatic transmission Renault saves two litres per 100km fuel without diminishing the car transporter?s payload capacity Wednesday, 12th November 2008

Automatic transmission equipped Renault saves two litres per 100km fuel without diminishing the car transporter’s payload capacity.

Allison continues to lead in supplying commercial duty automatic transmissions with an application in a car transporter demonstrating a fuel saving of two litres per 100km compared to its manual equivalent.  Renault’s Midlum 280 DXi7 has been fitted with Allison’s 3200 Series automatic gearbox for Allo Auto Service in Ferrières-en-Brays, Normandy, France. With a varied duty cycle, the 16 tonne payload car transporter is an ideal candidate for an automatic gearbox, particularly one that improves fuel efficiency and increases the vehicle’s productivity.


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New easy clean wheels need only water to stay shining   Print  
Alcoa Dura-Bright technology eliminates brake dust penetration, has high corrosion resistance and offers and long-lasting and durable finish with minimal maintenance. Wednesday, 12th November 2008

Dura-Bright technology retains factory appearance for longer

Leading wheel manufacturer Alcoa has developed an alloy wheel that makes dirt-engrained wheels a thing of the past. With Dura-Bright® technology, it is easy to remove dirt and brake dust with minimal cleaning using only water, offering a polished finish that will neither chip, fade or “yellow” like traditional alloy wheel finishes. Penetrating the wheel itself, the unique Dura-Bright® technology will not crack, peel nor corrode ensuring that the wheel stays looking good for many years.


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Chrysler LLC's Street and Racing Technology (SRT) selects Alcoa's Dura-Bright technology   Print  
Chrysler LLC?s Street and Racing Technology (SRT) engineering organisation has selected Alcoa?s Dura-Bright technology wheels for the SRT range. Tuesday, 11th November 2008

Viper and Jeep Grand Cherokee to benefit from revolutionary stay clean wheels, forged for high performance and lower emissions

Alcoa Automotive Wheels, a division of Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products, announced today that it has been awarded platform placement of Dura-Bright technology wheels with Chrysler LLC’s Street and Racing Technology (SRT) engineering organisation. Two new wheels within the Chrysler SRT family will begin placement with the 2009 model year. 


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