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Emergency logistics calls rocket as more snow approaches   Print  
Emergency logistics firm Evolution Time Critical is experiencing record volumes of calls from manufacturers and suppliers desperate to avoid costly production delays in the next bout of snow Friday, 17th December 2010

Emergency logistics firm Evolution Time Critical is experiencing record volumes of calls from manufacturers and suppliers desperate to meet year-end production schedules and avoid costly production delays in the current bout of snow. With fresh snowfalls affecting transport networks, many manufacturers are seeking contingencies in order to keep their supply chains moving. Goods from suppliers in continental Europe became stranded mid-route during the most recent onslaught of severe weather, or in some cases were not despatched, causing chaos at many production sites.


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Leicestershire firefighters use Caterpillar site and waste wood for vital fire behaviour training   Print  
Firefighters from the Leicester Fire and Rescue Service (LFRS) are now using a purpose built training unit on Caterpillar?s Desford site to complete vital fire behaviour training. Image courtesy of Alistair Langham www.thestudio17.co.uk Friday, 17th December 2010

Firefighters from the Leicester Fire and Rescue Service (LFRS) are now using a purpose built training unit on Caterpillar’s Desford site to complete vital fire behaviour training. The fire service will also use waste wood from Caterpillar’s site to create the training fires. It will send groups of employees to the unit for training twice a week, where they will learn about the explosive power of fire through exercises that recreate hazardous, real life scenarios.


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FEDERAL-MOGUL PRESENTS BLYTHE HOUSE HOSPICE WITH FUNDS RAISED BY STAFF   Print  
Federal-Mogul?s Chapel-en-le-Frith staff have raised ?2861.28 for Blythe House Hospice. Pictured (from left to right): David Hodgkiss (Site Finance Controller), Pat Bagshaw, Santino Lammond (Plant Manager), Rachel Damms (Blythe House Fundraising Assistant Thursday, 16th December 2010

Staff at Federal-Mogul’s Chapel-en-le-Frith plant have raised £2861.28 for Blythe House Hospice

Federal-Mogul’s 500-strong workforce at Chapel-en-le-Frith has raised £2861.28 for Blythe House Hospice. Santino Lammond, plant manager, presented a cheque for the money raised to hospice director Sheila Tyler on 14th December. Fundraising activities have taken place throughout the year at the Federal-Mogul site, including a popular coffee club, a raffle and a special day of fundraising in the canteen.


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Could a Harrier be saved for Britain?   Print  
XH558, the last flying Vulcan. Thursday, 16th December 2010

Vulcan to the Sky answers questions about keeping one flying as British Harriers leave operational service

December 16th:  This week’s final operational flight marks the retirement of the Harrier, the famous Vertical and Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) jet that has defended our country and amazed millions at air shows since entering service with the RAF in 1969.  As the Harrier prepares to retire, questions are being raised as to whether one could be kept flying to commemorate this remarkable British success story.


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New Citro?n DS3 Racing uses Electric Power Steering (EPS) from Nexteer   Print  
The directness of the steering feel in the Citroen DS3 Racing is due in part to its Nexteer EPS system Thursday, 16th December 2010

202 PS hot hatch delivers driver thrills with state-of-the-art electric steering system

Paris, December 16, 2010  Nexteer Automotive is supplying its new single-pinion Electric Power Steering (EPS) to Citroën for the DS3 Racing, a 202PS (149kW) limited edition of its premium compact car, the DS3. The system is a version of the technology fitted in the standard DS3, tuned to meet the demands of performance enthusiasts. It will be manufactured at Nexteer’s plant in Tychy, Poland, which has recently received a €40 million upgrade to provide eight several vehicle launches with EPS systems.


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FEDERAL-MOGUL?S OPTIMIZED VALVE SEAT MATERIAL MEETS ENGINE DOWNSIZING AND ALTERNATIVE FUEL DEMANDS   Print  
Federal-Mogul?s cost-effective new material for valve seat inserts will help manufacturers meet the durability demands of engine downsizing and higher octane fuels Friday, 10th December 2010

Lean tool steel is an easily-machined, durable, eco-friendly solution for high-temperature, high-load powertrains

Wiesbaden, Germany, 10 December 2010 … Federal-Mogul Corporation (NASDAQ:FDML) has developed a cost-effective new material for valve seat inserts that helps manufacturers meet the durability demands of engine downsizing and alternative or high-octane blended fuels. The company’s lean tool steel powder metal is more efficient to machine than conventional alloys, allowing faster throughput and improved productivity on customers’ engine cylinder head production lines.


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XPart smashes green warehousing targets   Print  
Parts specialist XPart has exceeded the sustainability targets set by its parent company Caterpillar Inc for the fourth year running Thursday, 9th December 2010

Parts specialist XPart has exceeded the sustainability targets set by its parent company Caterpillar Inc for the fourth year running. The company has already exceeded its recycling target by 20 percent, and by the end of December expects to have beaten its water consumption and carbon emissions reduction targets by 10 percent and 14 percent respectively. Its warehouse facility in Desford, Leicestershire has recently won a Green Apple Award for its commitment to sustainable practices and was also named as a finalist in the National Recycling Awards.


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Peugeot EX1 electric concept car gets Nexteer?s high-performance electric power steering   Print  
Nexteer worked with Peugeot to give the prototype EX1 electric sport scar steering feel to match the car?s dynamic looks and performance. Monday, 6th December 2010

Nexteer’s single-pinion electric power steering (EPS) system provides the core technology
behind an innovative driving concept

Paris, 6 December 2010 – The EX1 concept car, developed by PSA to demonstrate how dynamic and desirable electric vehicles can be, has a current production single pinion electric power steering (EPS) system from Nexteer Automotive at the heart of its innovative steering concept. The low-friction, high-efficiency single-pinion system helps to ensure that the EX1’s driving experience matches its futuristic looks.


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3M brings lightweight acoustic materials for hybrid vehicles to Europe   Print  
Abs Master, head of 3M?s European Automotive Acoustics Group, says: ?Thinsulate can already be found in every single Japanese hybrid ? interest from European manufacturers is strengthening too.? Tuesday, 30th November 2010

Special versions of Thinsulate material from 3M help Honda and Toyota to refine their hybrid vehicles’ acoustics quality

30 November 2010  Diversified technology company 3M is bringing lightweight acoustic materials, designed to make hybrid vehicles more refined, to Europe. Having worked closely with manufacturers on some of the world’s most successful hybrid programmes, including Toyota’s Prius and Auris and the Honda CR-Z, 3M plans to apply its expertise to other vehicles via its recently-formed European Automotive Acoustics Group.


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BWI develops lighter, smarter passive dampers   Print  
BWI has reduced typical damper weights from 4kg to 3kg by using structural plastics instead of metal brackets and spring seats, by varying the wall thickness of the damper tube, and by using hollow piston rods Tuesday, 30th November 2010

Latest generation technology improves ride and handling and saves 4kg per car


Krakow – Global braking and chassis systems specialist BWI Group has developed a new generation of lightweight smart passive dampers for B, C and D-segment vehicles. The application-ready units improve cars’ handling without compromising passengers’ ride comfort and without the need for more expensive, heavier adaptive dampers.


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