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Mohammed Ben Sulayem, FIA President. Ahmet Mercan, CEO of AlphaTauri. Photo: AlphaTauri
Mohammed Ben Sulayem, FIA President. Ahmet Mercan, CEO of AlphaTauri.
20.02.2024

AlphaTauri becomes the first Official Clothing Partner of the FIA

In the first partnership of its kind, AlphaTauri has joined with the governing body for world motorsport, the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), to become their official clothing partner.

Over this significant three-year partnership, AlphaTauri will equip all FIA staff with clothing and accessories, redefining how style and convenience intertwine with the world of motorsport. AlphaTauri will also be the official partner of the FIA Prize Giving Ceremony that is held once a year to honour the champions from every major branch of motorsports in a star-studded event. This strategic collaboration aligns two organisations that are deeply committed to innovation.

The partnership between FIA and AlphaTauri represents a fusion of automotive technology, high fashion, and the pursuit of excellence. It will transform the way FIA staff experience their roles while ensuring they maintain a distinctive and stylish presence.

In the first partnership of its kind, AlphaTauri has joined with the governing body for world motorsport, the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), to become their official clothing partner.

Over this significant three-year partnership, AlphaTauri will equip all FIA staff with clothing and accessories, redefining how style and convenience intertwine with the world of motorsport. AlphaTauri will also be the official partner of the FIA Prize Giving Ceremony that is held once a year to honour the champions from every major branch of motorsports in a star-studded event. This strategic collaboration aligns two organisations that are deeply committed to innovation.

The partnership between FIA and AlphaTauri represents a fusion of automotive technology, high fashion, and the pursuit of excellence. It will transform the way FIA staff experience their roles while ensuring they maintain a distinctive and stylish presence.

Source:

AlphaTauri

KARL MAYER: Launch of new tricot machine TM 4 EL (c) KARL MAYER GROUP
24.01.2024

KARL MAYER: Launch of new tricot machine TM 4 EL

At the end of last year, KARL MAYER launched the TM 4 EL – a new, highly flexible machine for the mid-range segment in the four-bar tricot machine sector. The machine produces fabrics for upholstery, automotive interiors and outerwear, as well as sportswear items and home textiles.

Featuring KARL MAYER’s proven CFRP technology, the TM 4 EL is up to 30% faster than the previous four-bar tricot machine designed for the commodity sector.

The new TM 4 EL is offered in gauges E 28 and E 32. The available working widths are 210” and 280”, with a working width extension also available. Further width varieties are also planned. Equipment highlights include an integrated Laser Stop to detect yarn breakages early, and functional LED lighting, which illuminates the warp knitting area for easy handling and signals unplanned machine stops using the corresponding colour. The machine can be networked with KM.ON’s secure cloud via the k.ey device to utilise the KARL MAYER GROUP’s digital solutions. This includes, for example, the web-based lapping editor CORE LITE.

At the end of last year, KARL MAYER launched the TM 4 EL – a new, highly flexible machine for the mid-range segment in the four-bar tricot machine sector. The machine produces fabrics for upholstery, automotive interiors and outerwear, as well as sportswear items and home textiles.

Featuring KARL MAYER’s proven CFRP technology, the TM 4 EL is up to 30% faster than the previous four-bar tricot machine designed for the commodity sector.

The new TM 4 EL is offered in gauges E 28 and E 32. The available working widths are 210” and 280”, with a working width extension also available. Further width varieties are also planned. Equipment highlights include an integrated Laser Stop to detect yarn breakages early, and functional LED lighting, which illuminates the warp knitting area for easy handling and signals unplanned machine stops using the corresponding colour. The machine can be networked with KM.ON’s secure cloud via the k.ey device to utilise the KARL MAYER GROUP’s digital solutions. This includes, for example, the web-based lapping editor CORE LITE.

Source:

KARL MAYER GROUP

11.10.2023

Toray expands French Carbon Fiber Production Facilities

Toray Industries, Inc. will expand the French subsidiary Toray Carbon Fibers Europe S.A.’s production facilities for regular tow medium- and high-modulus carbon fibers (up to 24,000 filaments). This move will increase annual capacity at the Abidos plant (South-West France) from 5,000 metric tons annually, to 6,000 metric tons. Production is expected to start in 2025.

Demand for medium- and high-modulus carbon fibers is rising in Europe, driven by a push to move towards a net-zero society. This growth is mainly due to higher build rates for commercial aircrafts (secondary structures and engines), as well as centrifuge for energy production, satellites, and high-end automobiles. By boosting carbon fiber production capacity in Europe, Toray is responding to its customers’ demand for medium and high-modulus carbon fibers, as befits the market leader.

Toray Industries, Inc. will expand the French subsidiary Toray Carbon Fibers Europe S.A.’s production facilities for regular tow medium- and high-modulus carbon fibers (up to 24,000 filaments). This move will increase annual capacity at the Abidos plant (South-West France) from 5,000 metric tons annually, to 6,000 metric tons. Production is expected to start in 2025.

Demand for medium- and high-modulus carbon fibers is rising in Europe, driven by a push to move towards a net-zero society. This growth is mainly due to higher build rates for commercial aircrafts (secondary structures and engines), as well as centrifuge for energy production, satellites, and high-end automobiles. By boosting carbon fiber production capacity in Europe, Toray is responding to its customers’ demand for medium and high-modulus carbon fibers, as befits the market leader.

Source:

Toray Industries

30.08.2023

Autoneum: Half-Year Results 2023

Autoneum's consolidated revenue increased by 24.1% from CHF 888.7 million to CHF 1 102.6 million in the first half of 2023. The Group grew significantly both organically, thanks to a market recovery in Europe and North America, and inorganically, through the acquisition of the traditional German company Borgers. All business units improved their profitability compared to the prior-year period. EBIT adjusted for special effects increased by CHF 33.0 million to CHF 45.0 million and the EBIT margin rose from 1.4% to 4.1% compared to the prior-year period. EBIT rose by CHF 78.5 million to CHF 84.9 million in the same period, with an increase in EBIT margin of 7.0 percentage points to 7.7%. Autoneum achieved a solid net result of CHF 57.8 million. Business Group North America nearly reached break-even point before special effects. As planned, the Borgers units, consolidated for the first time in the second quarter, made a positive contribution to the overall result from day one.

Autoneum's consolidated revenue increased by 24.1% from CHF 888.7 million to CHF 1 102.6 million in the first half of 2023. The Group grew significantly both organically, thanks to a market recovery in Europe and North America, and inorganically, through the acquisition of the traditional German company Borgers. All business units improved their profitability compared to the prior-year period. EBIT adjusted for special effects increased by CHF 33.0 million to CHF 45.0 million and the EBIT margin rose from 1.4% to 4.1% compared to the prior-year period. EBIT rose by CHF 78.5 million to CHF 84.9 million in the same period, with an increase in EBIT margin of 7.0 percentage points to 7.7%. Autoneum achieved a solid net result of CHF 57.8 million. Business Group North America nearly reached break-even point before special effects. As planned, the Borgers units, consolidated for the first time in the second quarter, made a positive contribution to the overall result from day one.

Economic conditions in the automotive supply industry improved in the first half of 2023 compared to the prior-year period. There was a slight easing of supply chains and a rise in production volumes among vehicle manufacturers already in the first quarter of 2023. This was especially true in markets that had previously been heavily impacted by supply chain bottlenecks.

Global automobile production climbed by 11.8%* compared with the prior-year period, although consumer demand was somewhat dampened by high vehicle prices in some markets. In this improved market environment and supported by the acquisition of the automotive business from Borgers, a long-standing German company, as of April 1, 2023, Autoneum increased its revenue and net result substantially in the first six months compared with the same period of the previous year.

  • Positive revenue development supported by inorganic growth
  • Significant improvement of operational profitability and solid net profit
  • Equity ratio influenced by the acquisition of Borgers Automotive
  • Creation of a capital band
  • Business Groups
  • Integration of Borgers automotive business
  • Working on behalf of electromobility with sustainable noise absorption in underbody
  • shields
  • Change to the Group Executive Board
  • SBTi recognizes Autoneum’s science-based targets

Outlook unchanged
According to the current S&P market forecasts, it is expected that global automobile production will climb by 5.7%* in 2023 compared with 2022. Autoneum anticipates that production volumes in the various regions will develop in line with the forecasts. Customer negotiations are ongoing and Autoneum expects that the increase in costs for raw materials, energy, transportation and staff will be completely offset in the second half of the year. Based on the forecast market development and the renegotiated customer agreements, Autoneum confirms the outlook that it published in March 2023. The Company expects total revenue of CHF 2.4 to 2.5 billion at unchanged exchange rates for the financial year 2023, an EBIT margin of 3.5% to 4.5% excluding one-time effects and a free cash flow in the higher double-digit millions, excluding acquisition-related net cash outflows.

For more information, see attached document.

*Source: S&P market forecast – August 15, 2023

Source:

Autoneum Management AG

07.08.2023

Epson auf der Labelexpo Europe 2023

Epson zeigt auf der Labelexpo 2023 (11.9.–14.9.2023, Brüssel Expo) erstmals öffentlich auf einer Messe in Europa das Upgrade seiner bestehenden SurePress 4000 Serie, die industrielle Etikettendruckmaschine SurePress L-4733AW. Ebenfalls ist auf dem Stand die SurePress L-6534VW zu sehen, eine Druckmaschine, die mit einem CMYK-Tintensatz plus weißer Tinte sowie mit entweder einer orangefarbenen Tinte oder einem Inline-Lack erhältlich ist. Auf dem Stand werden ebenfalls neue cloudfähige ColorWorks Etikettendrucker für den Einsatz in On-demand-Druckaufgaben zu sehen sein.

Epson zeigt auf der Labelexpo 2023 (11.9.–14.9.2023, Brüssel Expo) erstmals öffentlich auf einer Messe in Europa das Upgrade seiner bestehenden SurePress 4000 Serie, die industrielle Etikettendruckmaschine SurePress L-4733AW. Ebenfalls ist auf dem Stand die SurePress L-6534VW zu sehen, eine Druckmaschine, die mit einem CMYK-Tintensatz plus weißer Tinte sowie mit entweder einer orangefarbenen Tinte oder einem Inline-Lack erhältlich ist. Auf dem Stand werden ebenfalls neue cloudfähige ColorWorks Etikettendrucker für den Einsatz in On-demand-Druckaufgaben zu sehen sein.

Neue Epson SurePress L-4733AW
Die SurePress L-4733AW basiert auf der Technologie ihrer branchenführenden Vorgänger der SurePress L-4000 Serie und ist somit wie diese auf eine gute Druckqualität, hohe Zuverlässigkeit sowie nochmals verbesserte Druckgeschwindigkeit ausgelegt. Dank ihres verbesserten AQ4-Tintensets mit den Farben CMYK, Grün, Orange und Weiß deckt sie einen größeren Farbraum ab und erlaubt eine noch präzisere Farbreproduktion auf einer Vielzahl von Druckmedien. Darüber hinaus bietet sie vereinfachte, automatische Wartungsfunktionen, die die Betriebszeit bei minimalen Benutzereingriffen maximiert. Die L-4733AW ermöglicht so effiziente, zuverlässige Workflows mit kürzeren Durchlaufzeiten.

Die SurePress L-6534VW wird auf dem Epson Stand der Labelexpo 2023 in Kombination mit einem All-in-one-Etikettenfinisher GM DC330 Mini der dänischen Firma Grafisk Maskinfabrik A/S gezeigt. Die SurePress ermöglicht eine Druckgeschwindigkeit von bis zu 50 Metern pro Minute und bietet eine hohe Produktivität auch für große Auflagen. Dank der Möglichkeit, eine Inline-Veredelung zu implementieren, stellt die Anlage eine vollständige, qualitativ hochwertige End-to-End-Lösung dar, die die Produktionszeiten auch umfangreicher Auflagen spürbar reduziert.

Epson ColorWorks Drucker und Epson Loftware Partnerschaft
Auf der Labelexpo 2023 werden infolge einer Partnerschaft zwischen Epson und der Loftware GmbH erstmals neue cloudfähige Epson ColorWorks Etikettendrucker vorgestellt. Loftware ist ein Anbieter cloudbasierter Etikettier- und Artwork-Management-Lösungen für Unternehmen. Hochentwickelte Clouddienste ermöglichen von praktisch überall aus Zugriff auf die Geräte. Damit erfüllen die ColorWorks die steigende Nachfrage nach produktiven Etikettendrucklösungen verschiedener Branchen wie Chemie, Pharma, Elektronik, Automobil, Luftfahrt und Einzelhandel.

Epson wird auf seinem Stand außerdem eine automatisierte Etikettierungsanwendung präsentieren, bestehend aus zwei ColorWorks Druckern, Visionsystem und einem Epson Roboter. Es handelt sich um eine konkrete Anwendung aus der Medizinbranche, die eine individuelle Etikettierung von Medikamentenbehältern unterschiedlicher Größe erfordert. Durch den mit dem Roboter automatisierten Prozess entfällt die Notwendigkeit einer bei Präparaten dieser Art üblichen manuellen Hantierung und damit auch eine Fehlerquelle.

Zu den weiteren Highlights des Standes gehört der Prototyp eines Epson RFID-Druckers, der als erster seiner Art auf Abruf farbige RFID-Etiketten produziert. Farbetiketten haben im Vergleich zu Schwarzweiß-Etiketten den Vorteil, dass wichtige Informationen deutlich aufmerksamkeitsstärker hervorgehoben werden können, so beispielsweise für die schnelle, sichere Unterscheidung unterschiedlicher Produkte.

Produktinformationen zur SurePress L-4733A/AW
Die SurePress L-4733A/AW ist ein Upgrade der 4000er-Serie, die im Markt für ihre Qualität und Zuverlässigkeit bekannt ist. Sie verwendet eine wasserbasierte Tinte, sodass diese Geräte sowohl auf Papier als auch auf Folien drucken können.

Bei der SurePress L-4733A/AW kommt ein weiterentwickeltes AQ-Tintenset zum Einsatz, das die Druckmedien besser mit Tinte benetzt. So erreicht sie eine nochmals gesteigerte Bildqualität und auch Farbstabilität, sodass Druckdienstleister auf einer größeren Vielfalt von Medien produktiver sind.

Der CMYKOG-Tintensatz deckt einen großen Farbraum ab und bietet eine hohe Genauigkeit bei der Reproduktion von Farben und Sättigung. Die weiße Tinte vergrößert die Flexibilität hinsichtlich der Auswahl von Druckmedien. Neue automatische Wartungsfunktionen reduzieren die Ausfallzeiten und erhöhen die Produktivität und die Zuverlässigkeit der Epson SurePress weiter.

(c) Freudenberg Performance Materials
17.02.2023

Freudenberg: Packaging textile for automotive and industrial parts

Freudenberg Performance Materials (Freudenberg) is widening its product range of technical packaging textiles. Evolon® ESD protects automotive and industrial parts with electronic components from electrostatic discharge. This includes trim lines, dashboards, mirrors, steering wheels, etc.

The ESD (ElectroStatic Discharge) feature of the new Evolon® technical packing textile provides permanent electrostatic discharging protection and the fabric’s surface resistivity can be customized. This eliminates ESD damage to electronic components during transport because electrostatic charging due to movement and friction is safely prevented. As this kind of damage cannot be detected with the naked eye, Evolon® ESD helps to avoid failures which can occur after the final product is assembled and released. Manufacturers benefit from fewer complaints and warranty costs, as well as better end customer satisfaction.

Freudenberg Performance Materials (Freudenberg) is widening its product range of technical packaging textiles. Evolon® ESD protects automotive and industrial parts with electronic components from electrostatic discharge. This includes trim lines, dashboards, mirrors, steering wheels, etc.

The ESD (ElectroStatic Discharge) feature of the new Evolon® technical packing textile provides permanent electrostatic discharging protection and the fabric’s surface resistivity can be customized. This eliminates ESD damage to electronic components during transport because electrostatic charging due to movement and friction is safely prevented. As this kind of damage cannot be detected with the naked eye, Evolon® ESD helps to avoid failures which can occur after the final product is assembled and released. Manufacturers benefit from fewer complaints and warranty costs, as well as better end customer satisfaction.

Further protection feature
Unlike conventional ESD packaging solutions, Evolon® ESD also protects parts surfaces by avoiding micro-scratches or lint contamination. By using Evolon® reusable packaging to transport parts with highly-sensitive surfaces, customers reduce the number of damaged parts and the reject rate.

Additional benefits
Evolon® microfilament textiles are also extremely strong and are available in different weights to meet a wide range of requirements – from lightweight to heavy-duty. They can be used to pack and transport very heavy parts without damage. In addition, Evolon® fabrics are durable, and contain up to 85% recycled PET.

Source:

Freudenberg Performance Materials

09.01.2023

Autoneum takes over automotive business of Borgers Group

January, 6 Autoneum signed an agreement to acquire the automotive business of Borgers. The transaction is expected to close in April 2023 following antitrust clearance. The enterprise value paid amounts to EUR 117 million.

Borgers specializes in textile acoustics protection, insulation and trim for automobiles. The product and customer range of Borgers is to a great extent complementary to the product and customer portfolio of Autoneum. Borgers’ wheel arch liner and trunk liner product lines as well as their truck business optimally complement the product range of Autoneum. Especially in the field of textile wheel arch liners, Borgers is the market leader in Europe. In addition, Borgers’ product range is distinguished by sustainable and fully recyclable products. In fiscal year 2021, the Borgers Automo-tive Group generated revenue of EUR 610 million with around 4 700 employees. Thanks to Autoneum’s global presence, the Borgers product portfolio adds to the sales potential for profitable growth in the medium term outside Europe.

January, 6 Autoneum signed an agreement to acquire the automotive business of Borgers. The transaction is expected to close in April 2023 following antitrust clearance. The enterprise value paid amounts to EUR 117 million.

Borgers specializes in textile acoustics protection, insulation and trim for automobiles. The product and customer range of Borgers is to a great extent complementary to the product and customer portfolio of Autoneum. Borgers’ wheel arch liner and trunk liner product lines as well as their truck business optimally complement the product range of Autoneum. Especially in the field of textile wheel arch liners, Borgers is the market leader in Europe. In addition, Borgers’ product range is distinguished by sustainable and fully recyclable products. In fiscal year 2021, the Borgers Automo-tive Group generated revenue of EUR 610 million with around 4 700 employees. Thanks to Autoneum’s global presence, the Borgers product portfolio adds to the sales potential for profitable growth in the medium term outside Europe.

Autoneum is acquiring Borgers from insolvency and has agreed new pricing and delivery terms with its customers. These will ensure sustained profitability and the further development of product and process technologies in both the short and long term.

The transaction will initially be financed through a new credit facility which is available in addition to the syndicated loan of CHF 350 million renewed in October 2022. A capital increase in the amount of approximately CHF 100 million is planned for the long-term refinancing of the acquisition. Autoneum’s two largest shareholders, Artemis Beteiligungen I AG and PCS Holding AG, have agreed to participate in the capital increase in proportion to their current shareholdings. Even taking into account the aforementioned capital increase, the transaction will generate a positive earn-ings per share contribution from the outset.

Source:

Autoneum Management AG

03.11.2022

SGL Carbon: Positive business development in all business units

  • Positive business development in all four business units
  • Sales increases by 14.8% to €853.9 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA improves by 25.4% to €136.1 million
  • Successful refinancing of the 2018 convertible bonds

After €270.9 million in Q1 2022 and €278.9 million in Q2, SGL Carbon increased its consolidated sales to €304.1 million in Q3 2022. After nine months, this corresponds to a significant sales growth of 14.8% to a total of €853.9 million (9M 2021: €743.5 million). The positive business development is also reflected in the company's adjusted EBITDA, which improved by 25.4% year-on-year to €136.1 million (9M 2021: €108.5 million). All four business units contributed to the operating success.

Outlook
Due to the positive business development, the management increased the forecast for the full year on 6 September 2022. For the financial year 2022, Group sales of approx. €1.2 billion (previously: approx. €1.1 billion) and adjusted EBITDA of €170 to 190 million (previously: €130 to 150 million) are expected.

  • Positive business development in all four business units
  • Sales increases by 14.8% to €853.9 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA improves by 25.4% to €136.1 million
  • Successful refinancing of the 2018 convertible bonds

After €270.9 million in Q1 2022 and €278.9 million in Q2, SGL Carbon increased its consolidated sales to €304.1 million in Q3 2022. After nine months, this corresponds to a significant sales growth of 14.8% to a total of €853.9 million (9M 2021: €743.5 million). The positive business development is also reflected in the company's adjusted EBITDA, which improved by 25.4% year-on-year to €136.1 million (9M 2021: €108.5 million). All four business units contributed to the operating success.

Outlook
Due to the positive business development, the management increased the forecast for the full year on 6 September 2022. For the financial year 2022, Group sales of approx. €1.2 billion (previously: approx. €1.1 billion) and adjusted EBITDA of €170 to 190 million (previously: €130 to 150 million) are expected.

Consequently, an adjusted EBIT of €110 to 130 million (previously: €70 to 90 million) is forecasted. The expectations for return on capital employed (ROCE) of originally 7% to 9% are raised to 10% to 12% in line with the development of earnings. The estimate for free cash flow (significantly below the previous year's level of €111.5 million) remains unchanged.

Source:

SGL CARBON SE

Photo: Indorama Ventures Limited
12.10.2022

Indorama Ventures: New plant for nylon yarn

  • Collaboration between Indorama Ventures and Toyobo to meet growing global demand for airbags
  • Newly completed plant in Thailand will supply high-performance nylon yarn to customers in the automotive safety sector

Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL) celebrated the completion of a plant to manufacture high-performance nylon yarn for automobile airbags. The new plant in Rayong, Thailand, was constructed by Toyobo Indorama Advanced Fibers Co., Ltd. (TIAF), a joint venture that Indorama Ventures established with Toyobo Co., Ltd in November 2020.

The plant, which has been built on the site of Indorama Polyester Industries PCL (IPI) in Rayong Province, will deliver 11,000 tons of high-performance yarn per year to meet global demand for airbags that is expected to grow by 3 percent to 4 percent annually as automakers equip vehicles with more airbags and emerging economies require cars to adopt more safety features. Test production is scheduled to start in October 2022 with the goal of starting commercial production in the middle of 2023.

  • Collaboration between Indorama Ventures and Toyobo to meet growing global demand for airbags
  • Newly completed plant in Thailand will supply high-performance nylon yarn to customers in the automotive safety sector

Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL) celebrated the completion of a plant to manufacture high-performance nylon yarn for automobile airbags. The new plant in Rayong, Thailand, was constructed by Toyobo Indorama Advanced Fibers Co., Ltd. (TIAF), a joint venture that Indorama Ventures established with Toyobo Co., Ltd in November 2020.

The plant, which has been built on the site of Indorama Polyester Industries PCL (IPI) in Rayong Province, will deliver 11,000 tons of high-performance yarn per year to meet global demand for airbags that is expected to grow by 3 percent to 4 percent annually as automakers equip vehicles with more airbags and emerging economies require cars to adopt more safety features. Test production is scheduled to start in October 2022 with the goal of starting commercial production in the middle of 2023.

In 2014, Indorama Ventures and Toyobo jointly acquired Germany’s PHP Fibers GmbH, a leading airbag yarn maker. Since then, both companies have strengthened their relationship with a focus to expand in the automotive safety sector. Mr Christopher Kenneally, based in Bangkok, leads IVL’s Fibers segment, which produces fibers and yarns across its Hygiene, Mobility and Lifestyle verticals. Mr Ashok Arora, with over 30 years of experience in fibers and polymer operations, will helm TIAF as CEO while maintaining his role as CTO with IVL Fibers.

Source:

Indorama Ventures Limited

(c) BRÜCKNER
The project team of BRÜCKNER and HEATHCOAT in BRÜCKNER’s Technology Centre in Leonberg
04.10.2022

BRÜCKNER: New finishing line for British company HEATHCOAT FABRICS

HEATHCOAT FABRICS partnered again with BRÜCKNER Textile Technologies and their sales partner ADVANCED DYEING SOLUTIONS to install a finishing line for industrial textiles. HEATHCOAT FABRICS specializes in the production of technical textiles in the fields of texturising, weaving and warp knitting as well as dyeing and finishing. The prroducts are manufactured for use in the automotive, healthcare, defence, and aerospace industries

Mrs. Regina Brückner, CEO and owner of the BRÜCKNER Group stated: "To meet the complex re-quirements of HEATHCOAT is not easy because of the great variety of technical textiles produced. Our line has to finish light as well as heavy articles, so the design, control and the whole line layout have to be flexible, functional and still easy to operate. Fortunately, the team at HEATHCOAT FABRICS is very innovative and open-minded, and together we worked hard to develop the right technology and han-dling. We are very happy that we could convince this customer, whom we appreciate very much, with the productivity of our line and of course with our technological know-how."

HEATHCOAT FABRICS partnered again with BRÜCKNER Textile Technologies and their sales partner ADVANCED DYEING SOLUTIONS to install a finishing line for industrial textiles. HEATHCOAT FABRICS specializes in the production of technical textiles in the fields of texturising, weaving and warp knitting as well as dyeing and finishing. The prroducts are manufactured for use in the automotive, healthcare, defence, and aerospace industries

Mrs. Regina Brückner, CEO and owner of the BRÜCKNER Group stated: "To meet the complex re-quirements of HEATHCOAT is not easy because of the great variety of technical textiles produced. Our line has to finish light as well as heavy articles, so the design, control and the whole line layout have to be flexible, functional and still easy to operate. Fortunately, the team at HEATHCOAT FABRICS is very innovative and open-minded, and together we worked hard to develop the right technology and han-dling. We are very happy that we could convince this customer, whom we appreciate very much, with the productivity of our line and of course with our technological know-how."

The direct gas heated BRÜCKNER POWER-FRAME stenter with its staggered heating source arrangement every half zone provides best available temperature consistency across the length and the width of the stenter. The unit is equipped with a low-lub, horizontally returning combined pin / clip chain and several fabric paths, especially designed for the different fabrics being processed. Together with HEATHCOAT FABRICS technologists, the BRÜCKNER design team developed a special delivery end of the stenter with different edge trimming and slitting possibilities. Depending on the kind of products, the fabrics can be batched on large diameter A-frames, wound on cardboard tubes or plaited into trolleys.

Source:

Brückner Trockentechnik GmbH & Co. KG

(c) Fraunhofer IAP
Faserverstärktes Monomaterialkomposit aus PLA
28.07.2022

Fraunhofer CCPE: Technische Produktinnovationen für eine zirkuläre Kunststoffwirtschaft

Ziel des Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Circular Plastics Economy CCPE ist es, die Wertschöpfungskette Kunststoff zirkulär zu gestalten. Sechs Fraunhofer-Institute erforschen am Beispiel Kunststoff, wie der Wandel von einer linearen zur einer zirkulären Kunststoffwirtschaft gelingen kann. Auf der ACHEMA in Frankfurt, der internationalen Messe für die Prozessindustrie, stellt das Fraunhofer CCPE vom 22. bis zum 26. August zwei technische Produktinnovationen und ein Bewertungstool für Unternehmen der Circular Economy vor.

Seit 2018 erforschen die sechs Fraunhofer-Institute — IAP, ICT, IML, LBF, IVV und UMSICHT – wie eine nachhaltige Transformation einer gesamten Wertschöpfungskette unter Prinzipien der Circular Economy erfolgen kann. Durch einen Multi-Stakeholder-Ansatz können FuE-Kompetenzen gebündelt werden, um Produkte zirkulär zu gestalten, passende Geschäftsmodelle zu entwickeln und End-of-Life Verluste bei Kunststoffabfällen zu reduzieren. Auf der ACHEMA werden die folgenden Projekte ausgestellt:

Ziel des Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Circular Plastics Economy CCPE ist es, die Wertschöpfungskette Kunststoff zirkulär zu gestalten. Sechs Fraunhofer-Institute erforschen am Beispiel Kunststoff, wie der Wandel von einer linearen zur einer zirkulären Kunststoffwirtschaft gelingen kann. Auf der ACHEMA in Frankfurt, der internationalen Messe für die Prozessindustrie, stellt das Fraunhofer CCPE vom 22. bis zum 26. August zwei technische Produktinnovationen und ein Bewertungstool für Unternehmen der Circular Economy vor.

Seit 2018 erforschen die sechs Fraunhofer-Institute — IAP, ICT, IML, LBF, IVV und UMSICHT – wie eine nachhaltige Transformation einer gesamten Wertschöpfungskette unter Prinzipien der Circular Economy erfolgen kann. Durch einen Multi-Stakeholder-Ansatz können FuE-Kompetenzen gebündelt werden, um Produkte zirkulär zu gestalten, passende Geschäftsmodelle zu entwickeln und End-of-Life Verluste bei Kunststoffabfällen zu reduzieren. Auf der ACHEMA werden die folgenden Projekte ausgestellt:

  • Faserverstärktes Monomaterialkomposit aus PLA
    Biobasierte Kunststoffe werden zunehmend für technisch anspruchsvolle Einsatzbereiche z.B. in der Automobil- und Textilindustrie nachgefragt. Zwei zentrale Anforderungen sind dabei ihre Stabilität und ihre Recyclingfähigkeit. Forschende der Fraunhofer-Institute IAP und ICT entwickelten innovative PLA-basierte Monomaterial-Komposite (Organobleche), die technische Applikationen adressieren und insbesondere mit Hinblick auf die Rezyklisierbarkeit einen Beitrag zur Umsetzung der Sustainable Development Goals der UN leisten können.
  • Optisch und mechanisch verbesserte Folienrezyklate
    Bei der Herstellung von Folien zählt neben den mechanischen Eigenschaften besonders der visuelle Eindruck. Es dürfen keine Fehlstellen in Form von Stippen, Fischaugen oder Abrissen auftreten, die insbesondere bei Verwendung von Rezyklaten zu Problemen führen können. Die direkte Verwendung eines Folienregranulats führt jedoch häufig zu vielen Abrissen während der Folienherstellung, die zudem fatale Auswirkungen auf die mechanischen Materialeigenschaften haben. Durch die Zugabe einer geeigneten Additivformulierung konnte die Folienqualität nun signifikant verbessert werden.

Ist ein Produkt reif für die Circular Economy?
Weiterhin präsentieren die Forschenden nun auf der ACHEMA das webbasierte Tool CRL®, mit dem Unternehmen den Reifegrad von Produkten oder Produktsystemen im Hinblick auf die Circular Economy selbst bewerten können. Es prüft, inwieweit ein Produkt die Strategien der Kreislaufwirtschaft in den Bereichen Produktdesign, Produktdienstleistungssystem, End-of-Life-Management und Kreislaufwirtschaft bereits berücksichtigt und wo noch Verbesserungspotenzial besteht.

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Fraunhofer-Institut für Umwelt-, Sicherheits- und Energietechnik UMSICHT

27.07.2022

Autoneum: Half Year Results 2022

Lower volumes due to geopolitical developments and the sharp rise in inflation impacted the result in the first half of 2022. In a slightly declining market, Autoneum increased revenue in local currencies by 0.5%. At CHF 888.7 million, revenue in Swiss francs reached the previous year's level. Despite the challenging environment, Autoneum achieved a positive operating result of CHF 6.4 million (EBIT margin: 0.7%). The net result decreased to CHF –12.8 million. On the other hand, Autoneum was able to generate a solid free cash flow of CHF 45.2 million. A high demand for sustainable products for electric vehicles confirms that Autoneum is well positioned for this growing market of the future.

Lower volumes due to geopolitical developments and the sharp rise in inflation impacted the result in the first half of 2022. In a slightly declining market, Autoneum increased revenue in local currencies by 0.5%. At CHF 888.7 million, revenue in Swiss francs reached the previous year's level. Despite the challenging environment, Autoneum achieved a positive operating result of CHF 6.4 million (EBIT margin: 0.7%). The net result decreased to CHF –12.8 million. On the other hand, Autoneum was able to generate a solid free cash flow of CHF 45.2 million. A high demand for sustainable products for electric vehicles confirms that Autoneum is well positioned for this growing market of the future.

Current geopolitical developments substantially affected business performance in the first half of 2022. They are accompanied by accelerating inflation and significant price increases in the commodities markets, which the war in Ukraine has further exacerbated. These developments are also delaying market recovery in the automotive industry. Autoneum does everything it can to minimize the impact on the Group. Despite the present challenges, we will continue to implement our strategy, focusing on innovative and sustainable technologies for growing markets of the future.

  • Revenue development influenced by the war in Ukraine and supply chain bottlenecks*
  • Low production volumes and high inflation impact profitability*
  • Solid free cash flow enables further reduction in net debt*
  • Business Groups*
  • Well positioned for e-mobility and sustainability*
  • Expanding the product portfolio for electric vehicles*
  • Autoneum joins the Science Based Targets initiative*

Outlook
According to global market forecasts1, automobile production will pick up again in the second half of the year with growth of 8.8% compared with the first half-year 2022. For full-year 2022, global automobile production is projected to reach 80.8 million vehicles, which is equivalent to a 4.7% increase on 2021. Based on the market forecasts, Autoneum expects to improve the operating result for the second half of the year. This will be supported by ongoing customer negotiations with a view to fair sharing of costs, the accompanying contribution of vehicle manufacturers to shouldering the sharp increases in material, energy and transport costs and the foreseeable normalization of production after the easing of lockdown measures in China. On this basis, Autoneum expects substantially enhanced results for full-year 2022, as well as an improvement in the EBIT margin to 2.0% to 3.0%. Free cash flow is expected to be in the mid to high double-digit million range for the full year 2022.

*For more information see attached document

1Source: IHS “Light Vehicle Production Forecasts” – July 15, 2022

More information:
Autoneum supply chain acoustic
Source:

Autoneum Management AG

15.06.2022

Autoneum updates its outlook for 2022 as a result of the Ukraine war

Due to the impact of the war in Ukraine on the automotive industry and vehicle production as well as of rising inflation, Autoneum is adjusting its corporate outlook for the 2022 financial year. The market recovery will be delayed by current developments.

Since the outbreak of war in Ukraine, new bottlenecks in global supply and logistics chains have been impacting vehicle manufacturer production volumes and thus slowing the revenue and earnings development of the automotive supply industry, especially in Europe. Current developments are accompanied by accelerated inflation and significant price increases on the commodities markets, which have been further exacerbated by the war. These are felt at Autoneum through rising material, energy and transport costs. With regard to the rising costs, automotive manufacturers and suppliers are now required to ensure a fair burden sharing as partners.

Due to the impact of the war in Ukraine on the automotive industry and vehicle production as well as of rising inflation, Autoneum is adjusting its corporate outlook for the 2022 financial year. The market recovery will be delayed by current developments.

Since the outbreak of war in Ukraine, new bottlenecks in global supply and logistics chains have been impacting vehicle manufacturer production volumes and thus slowing the revenue and earnings development of the automotive supply industry, especially in Europe. Current developments are accompanied by accelerated inflation and significant price increases on the commodities markets, which have been further exacerbated by the war. These are felt at Autoneum through rising material, energy and transport costs. With regard to the rising costs, automotive manufacturers and suppliers are now required to ensure a fair burden sharing as partners.

In addition, renewed coronavirus-related lockdowns in China are delaying growth in Asia. According to the revised market forecasts1), global automobile production is expected to reach 80.4 million units in 2022, which represents an increase of 4.1% compared to 2021. Growth will thus be significantly lower than was still expected in mid-February.

Autoneum will do its utmost to minimize the impact on the Group. Despite the present challenges, the strategy will continue to be consistently implemented with a focus on innovative and sustainable technologies for growing markets of the future.

Based on current developments and knowledge, Autoneum has updated the forecasts that it presented at the Media Conference, which had not yet included the impacts of the war as outlined above. Autoneum continues to expect revenue to develop in line with the market. For the first half of the year, the Company expects an EBIT margin at break-even level. On the basis of the ongoing collaborative discussions with customers to participate in the sharing of the sharply increased energy and material costs, Autoneum anticipates an improvement in the EBIT margin to 2.0 to 3.0% (previously: 4.0 to 5.0%) for the full year 2022. Free cash flow for 2022 is expected to be in the mid to high double-digit million range.

Autoneum is very well positioned for the transformation of the automotive industry towards e-mobility and sustainability. Our product portfolio is suitable for all drive types, whether internal combustion, hybrid or pure electric vehicles. The medium-term forecasts that Autoneum published in November 2021 remain unchanged positive. The timing of the market recovery will be delayed by current events and will also depend on further geopolitical developments.

Source:

Autoneum Management AG

Battery Show 2022: Freudenberg presents liquid absorbers for lithium-ion battery packs (c) Freudenberg
Freudenberg battery pack liquid absorbers
18.05.2022

Freudenberg auf Battery Show 2022

  • Freudenberg presents liquid absorbers for lithium-ion battery packs

The experts from Freudenberg Performance Materials (Freudenberg) will be presenting battery pack liquid absorbers, an innovative solution that makes battery systems safer, at this year's Battery Show in Stuttgart. The absorbent pads capture and store unwanted liquids inside the packs quickly and reliably. With adjustable absorption capacity and geometries, battery pack liquid absorbers ensure long-lasting battery packs. Visitors will find Freudenberg at Stand C 36 in Hall 10 from June 28 to 30.

Battery packs are the core elements of mobile and stationary lithium-ion energy storage systems. They are used in automotive and industrial applications. The performance and lifespan of these components are largely responsible for the efficiency of the energy storage system. Moisture inside the packs, such as condensation water or leaking coolant, can considerably diminish both function and lifespan. Battery pack liquid absorbers act as a safety system: the special fleece quickly takes up condensate or coolant and stores it effectively.

  • Freudenberg presents liquid absorbers for lithium-ion battery packs

The experts from Freudenberg Performance Materials (Freudenberg) will be presenting battery pack liquid absorbers, an innovative solution that makes battery systems safer, at this year's Battery Show in Stuttgart. The absorbent pads capture and store unwanted liquids inside the packs quickly and reliably. With adjustable absorption capacity and geometries, battery pack liquid absorbers ensure long-lasting battery packs. Visitors will find Freudenberg at Stand C 36 in Hall 10 from June 28 to 30.

Battery packs are the core elements of mobile and stationary lithium-ion energy storage systems. They are used in automotive and industrial applications. The performance and lifespan of these components are largely responsible for the efficiency of the energy storage system. Moisture inside the packs, such as condensation water or leaking coolant, can considerably diminish both function and lifespan. Battery pack liquid absorbers act as a safety system: the special fleece quickly takes up condensate or coolant and stores it effectively.

Source:

Freudenberg Performance Materials Holding SE & Co. KG

Photo: SGL Carbon
05.05.2022

SGL Carbon: Dynamic business development in Q1 2022 continued

  • Low impact of Ukraine war on business performance in 1st quarter
  • 12.2% increase in sales to €270.9 million based on growth in all four business units
  • Adjusted EBITDA improves by 11.5% to €36.8 million

SGL Carbon generated consolidated sales of €270.9 million in Q1 2022 (Q1 2021: €241.5 million). This corresponds to an increase of €29.4 million or 12.2% compared to the same period of the prior year. All four business units contributed to the pleasing increase in sales. In parallel, adjusted EBITDA improved by 11.5% to €36.8 million in the reporting period.

  • Low impact of Ukraine war on business performance in 1st quarter
  • 12.2% increase in sales to €270.9 million based on growth in all four business units
  • Adjusted EBITDA improves by 11.5% to €36.8 million

SGL Carbon generated consolidated sales of €270.9 million in Q1 2022 (Q1 2021: €241.5 million). This corresponds to an increase of €29.4 million or 12.2% compared to the same period of the prior year. All four business units contributed to the pleasing increase in sales. In parallel, adjusted EBITDA improved by 11.5% to €36.8 million in the reporting period.

Sales development
In the first three months of fiscal 2022, the sales increase of €29.4 million was driven by all four operating business units: Graphite Solutions (+€11.3 million), Carbon Fibers (+€6.6 million), Composite Solutions (+€7.2 million) and Process Technology (+€6.0 million).
In particular, sales to customers in the automotive and semiconductor industries and a significant recovery in the industrial applications segment were key factors in the increase in sales. Sales of the Process Technology business unit to customers in the chemical industry also developed pleasingly. The effects of the war in Ukraine, which has been ongoing since the end of February 2022, had only a little impact on SGL Carbon's sales performance in the 1st quarter.

Earnings development
Despite the increasingly difficult market environment in the course of Q1 2022, associated with temporary supply and production bottlenecks at their customers, temporarily interrupted transport routes, and significantly higher energy prices, SGL Carbon was able to keep the adjusted EBITDA margin almost stable year-on-year at 13.6%.  
Adjusted EBITDA increased by 11.5% to €36.8 million in the reporting period. Higher capacity utilization in the business units and product mix effects contributed to the improvement in earnings, together with the cost savings achieved as a result of the transformation. By contrast, higher raw material, energy and logistics costs as of end of February 2022 had a negative impact on earnings. The Carbon Fibers business unit was particularly affected by the energy price increases. One-time expenses of €9.2 million in conjunction with energy transactions burdened the Carbon Fibers business unit in the 1st quarter of 2022.  
To secure our production and delivery capabilities, around 85% of the energy requirements of the entire SGL Carbon for 2022 are price-hedged.
Adjusted EBITDA and EBIT do not include in total positive one-time effects and special items of €8.5 million, among other things from the termination of a heritable building right to a site no longer in use. Taking into account the one-time effects and special items presented as well as depreciation and amortization of €14.1 million, reported EBIT increased by 83.5% to €31.2 million (Q1 2021: €17.0 million). The net profit for the period developed correspondingly and more than tripled from €6.1 million to €21.4 million in a quarter-on-quarter comparison.

Outlook
The sales and earnings figures for the 1st quarter 2022 confirm the stable demand from different market segments. Price increases and volatility in the availability of raw materials, transportation services and energy were largely offset by savings from the transformation program and pricing initiatives at the customers.
For 2022, SGL Carbon continues to expect volatile raw material and energy prices, which were included in their forecast for 2022 at the time of planning. However, there are uncertainties about the extent and duration to which SGL Carbon and the customers will be affected by the impact of the war in Ukraine or temporary supply chain disruptions due to the lockdowns in China. Therefore, SGL Carbon's outlook for fiscal 2022 does not include supply and/or production interruptions at customers or the impact of a possible energy embargo that cannot be estimated at this time.  
SGL Carbon's forecast also implies that factor cost increases can be at least partially passed on to the customers through pricing initiatives. SGL Carbon has also included the revenue and earnings impact from the expiry of a supply contract with a major automobile manufacturer at the end of June 2022 in our forecast.

Source:

SGL Carbon

02.03.2022

2021 financial year: Autoneum grows profitability and earnings in a difficult environment

All four Business Groups contributed to the significant improvement of the Group’s EBIT, which more than doubled by CHF 29.7 million to CHF 57.5 million, corresponding to an EBIT margin of 3.4%. This was achieved despite a slight decline in consolidated revenue to CHF 1.7 billion. Net profit amounted to CHF 30.1 million. In line with Autoneum’s longstanding dividend policy, the Board of Directors proposes a dividend of CHF 1.50 per share for the 2021 financial year.

All four Business Groups contributed to the significant improvement of the Group’s EBIT, which more than doubled by CHF 29.7 million to CHF 57.5 million, corresponding to an EBIT margin of 3.4%. This was achieved despite a slight decline in consolidated revenue to CHF 1.7 billion. Net profit amounted to CHF 30.1 million. In line with Autoneum’s longstanding dividend policy, the Board of Directors proposes a dividend of CHF 1.50 per share for the 2021 financial year.

We saw a number of global challenges again in 2021. The worldwide shortage of semiconductors dampened market development in the automobile industry. Although production volumes were almost the same in 2021, the year was more challenging from an operational perspective than 2020 was; supply chain bottlenecks led to short-term and unplanned production downtime at automotive manufacturers throughout the year. This resulted in frequent interruptions in production at Autoneum as well because of closely connected manufacturing processes. Rising costs for raw materials, energy, and transport presented additional challenges. Despite the challenging environment and weak global production volumes, Autoneum managed to return to profitability in 2021, generating a positive net result. Thanks to further operational improvements and optimization measures in all organizational areas, earnings were improved in all four Business Groups.

  • Revenue development influenced by semiconductor shortage
  • Operating profit and positive group net result thanks to improvements in all segments
  • Net profit and positive free cash flow enable an increase in equity ratio and a further reduction of net debt
  • Board of Directors proposes a dividend of CHF 1.50
  • Personnel change on the Board of Directors
  • Business Groups
  • Innovation Leadership for a safe journey towards a climate-friendly future
  • 10 years of Autoneum

Outlook
According to market forecasts1), global automotive production will increase by around 9% year-onyear in 2022. The semiconductor shortage is likely to continue for some time into 2023; however, we anticipate that the situation will increasingly stabilize over the course of the financial year 2022 with higher volatility in the first half of the year. Autoneum’s revenue development is expected to be in line with the market. Based on market development, Autoneum is targeting an EBIT margin of 4–5% and free cash flow in the high double-digit million range. In addition to addressing the current semiconductor shortage situation, Autoneum will continue to pursue its consistent implementation of strategic priorities and initiatives. The potential impacts of the current Ukraine crisis on our business cannot be estimated at this point in time.

Further information on the 2021 results as well as the 2021 Annual Report can be found at www.autoneum.com/2022/03/02/2021-annual-results

Source:

Autoneum Management AG

21.01.2022

Autoneum: Revenue development in 2021 impacted by semiconductor shortage

Business of the automobile industry and its suppliers was impacted in 2021 by the worldwide shortage of semiconductors and the correspondingly restrained development of production volumes, which was about the same as the previous year. Autoneum’s revenue in local currencies declined slightly by 1.6% compared with the previous year. In Swiss francs, Group revenue decreased by 2.3% to CHF 1 700.4 million year-on-year. For 2021 as a whole, an EBIT margin of a little more than 3% and a free cash flow of around CHF 70 million are expected.

Business of the automobile industry and its suppliers was impacted in 2021 by the worldwide shortage of semiconductors and the correspondingly restrained development of production volumes, which was about the same as the previous year. Autoneum’s revenue in local currencies declined slightly by 1.6% compared with the previous year. In Swiss francs, Group revenue decreased by 2.3% to CHF 1 700.4 million year-on-year. For 2021 as a whole, an EBIT margin of a little more than 3% and a free cash flow of around CHF 70 million are expected.

Owing to the global shortage of semiconductors, automobile production for 2021 as a whole increased by 2.5% to 76.4 million vehicles and was thus only slightly higher than the previous year’s level. Autoneum’s revenue in local currencies declined by 1.6% year-on-year. Although revenue developed better than the market in three of four regions, the Company lagged slightly behind the global market trend. On the one hand, this was due to the fact that some vehicle models of US manufacturers predominantly supplied by Autoneum were disproportionately affected by the shortage of semiconductors, and, on the other hand, due to the lower share of Business Group Asia in Autoneum’s total revenue. The consolidated revenue in Swiss francs fell by 2.3% to CHF 1 700.4 million compared to the previous year (2020: CHF 1 740.6 million).

Revenue development in the Europe, Asia and SAMEA regions well above market
Business Group Europe recorded a decline in revenue of 1.6% in local currencies and was thus well above the market trend, which saw production fall by 4.4%. By contrast, revenue for Business Group North America in local currencies dropped by 7.2% and was thus well below the market, which saw a small increase of 0.1%. The vehicle models of US customers predominantly supplied by Autoneum were disproportionately affected by the semiconductor shortage. Consequently, Autoneum lagged behind the market trend in this region. Asia was the market least impacted by the semiconductor shortage in financial year 2021. Accordingly, in 2021 Asian automobile production saw good growth of 5.1%. Business Group Asia once again exceeded the overall Asian market, with revenue growth of 6.7% in local currencies. Business Group SAMEA (South America, the Middle East and Africa) significantly exceeded the market trend in financial year 2021.

Although 8.6% more vehicles were produced in the region compared to the prior year, Business Group SAMEA’s revenue rose by an impressive 24.8% on an inflation- and currency-adjusted basis. This growth was largely supported by high-volume programs in Turkey and South Africa.

Thanks to better than expected revenue at the end of 2021, Autoneum is in the upper range of its guidance, which was adjusted in October. Based on provisional figures, Autoneum expects an EBIT margin of slightly more than 3% and a free cash flow of around CHF 70 million for 2021.

More information:
Autoneum Automotive acoustic
Source:

Autoneum Management AG

AZL schließt gemeinsam mit 46 Industriepartnern Projekt zu Batteriegehäusen erfolgreich ab (c) AZL
06.12.2021

AZL: Gemeinsames Projekt zu Batteriegehäusen mit 46 Industriepartnern

Gemeinsam mit insgesamt 46 Industriepartnern konnten mehrere, verschiedene Konzepte für Kunststoff-basierte Multimaterial-Batteriegehäuse erarbeitet werden, mit denen deutliche Einsparpotentiale bei Gewicht und Kosten möglich sind. Im Projektverlauf kristallisierten sich zwei wichtige Kernthemen heraus, die in Folgeprojekten gesondert behandelt werden sollen: Bodenaufprallschutz und Feuerbeständigkeit. Diese zwei Folgeprojekte starten am 26. Januar 2022. Ein Projekt zur Entwicklung und Realisierung von Prototypen für Mitte nächsten Jahres 2022 ist in Planung.

Gemeinsam mit insgesamt 46 Industriepartnern konnten mehrere, verschiedene Konzepte für Kunststoff-basierte Multimaterial-Batteriegehäuse erarbeitet werden, mit denen deutliche Einsparpotentiale bei Gewicht und Kosten möglich sind. Im Projektverlauf kristallisierten sich zwei wichtige Kernthemen heraus, die in Folgeprojekten gesondert behandelt werden sollen: Bodenaufprallschutz und Feuerbeständigkeit. Diese zwei Folgeprojekte starten am 26. Januar 2022. Ein Projekt zur Entwicklung und Realisierung von Prototypen für Mitte nächsten Jahres 2022 ist in Planung.

Batteriegehäuse gehören zu den Schlüsselkomponenten in E-Fahrzeugen und werden derzeit in der Regel aus Aluminium hergestellt. Genau diese Komponente analysierte das AZL in dem jetzt durchgeführten Projekt mit einem großen Konsortium aus Automobilherstellern, Automobilzulieferern, Rohstoffherstellern und Maschinenherstellern. „Der enorme Zuspruch aus der Industrie unterstreicht die Relevanz des Themas“, freut sich der Projektleiter Warden Schijve, der zudem sehr zufrieden mit dem Verlauf und den Ergebnissen ist. Schließlich lassen sich bis zu 36 % des Gewichts und bis zu 20 % der Kosten einsparen, wenn anstelle herkömmlicher Lösungen Multi-Material-Verbunde auf Basis von Kunststoffen zum Einsatz kommen.

Um zu den Ergebnissen zu gelangen, hat das AZL unter Mitwirkung seiner Partnerunternehmen, zu denen unter anderem Audi, Asahi Kasei, Covestro, DSM, EconCore, Faurecia, Formosa, Hengrui, Hutchinson, IPTE, Johns Manville, Magna, Marelli und Teijin, gehörten, zunächst fünf Subkomponenten eines Batteriegehäuses definiert: die Gehäusewanne, die Bodenschutzplatte, den Crash-Rahmen, die Querbalken und den Gehäusedeckel. Außerdem analysierten die Partner insgesamt 44 marktrelevante, existierende Serienkomponenten und Konzepte genauer und erstellten eine umfangreiche Übersicht über die verschiedenen Standards sowie Anforderungen auf nationaler, internationaler und OEM-Ebene. Prämisse dabei war, gleiche oder gar bessere mechanische Kennwerte zu erreichen als bei herkömmlichen Lösungen. So sollten beispielsweise mindestens gleiche Steifigkeiten, Sicherheiten bei seitlichem Aufprall, EMI-Abschirmung sowie Flammschutz vorhanden sein. Um nun die alternativen Lösungen zu ermitteln, entwickelte das AZL 20 Designkonzepte mit unterschiedlichen Materialkombinationen. Zur Analyse und Auslegung der verschiedenen Konzepte wurden mehr als 500 FEM-Modelle erstellt und über 1.500 CAE-Simulationen durchgeführt.

Während sich Folgeprojekt 1 mit einer anwendungsbezogenen Testmethode und der Untersuchung der Sicherheit verschiedener Materialkombinationen für den Bodenaufprallschutz beschäftigt, steht in Folgeprojekt 2 die Flammresistenz verschiedener Materialien und Materialkombinationen im Vordergrund. Ziel ist es Prüfverfahren zu entwickeln, die es erlauben, die Aufprall-/Feuerbeständigkeit auf Materialebene unter Berücksichtigung der spezifischen Anforderungen an ein Batteriegehäuse im Vergleich zu Standardmaterialien zu untersuchen.

Firmen mit Interesse an Herstellung von Batteriegehäusen können sich an Philipp Fröhlig und Alexander Knauff wenden:
Philipp Fröhlig, AZL Aachen GmbH, Senior Project Manager, Tel: +49 241 47573514, philipp.froehlig@azl-aachen-gmbh.de
Alexander Knauff, AZL Aachen GmbH, Manager Industrial Services, Tel: +49 241 47573516, alexander.knauff@azl-aachen-gmbh.de

 

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AZL Aachen GmbH

28.10.2021

Autoneum adjusts outlook for the current financial year

Due to the significantly reduced market expectations for global light vehicle production, Autoneum lowers its revenue and earnings forecast for the full year 2021. This results from bottlenecks in the supply chain of vehicle manufacturers, in particular the ongoing shortage of semiconductors.

Although demand from end customers continues to be high in all regions, global light vehicle production in the second half of 2021 is expected to be around 10% lower than in the first half-year due to bottlenecks in the supply chain of vehicle manufacturers, mainly with regard to semiconductors.

Due to market developments, revenue in the second half-year 2021 is now anticipated to be correspondingly lower than in the first semester.

As a result of the lower revenue development in the second half of the year, an EBIT margin of 2-3% (previously: 4-5%) is now expected for the full year 2021. Free cash flow is estimated to be in the range of CHF 60 to 70 million.

Due to the significantly reduced market expectations for global light vehicle production, Autoneum lowers its revenue and earnings forecast for the full year 2021. This results from bottlenecks in the supply chain of vehicle manufacturers, in particular the ongoing shortage of semiconductors.

Although demand from end customers continues to be high in all regions, global light vehicle production in the second half of 2021 is expected to be around 10% lower than in the first half-year due to bottlenecks in the supply chain of vehicle manufacturers, mainly with regard to semiconductors.

Due to market developments, revenue in the second half-year 2021 is now anticipated to be correspondingly lower than in the first semester.

As a result of the lower revenue development in the second half of the year, an EBIT margin of 2-3% (previously: 4-5%) is now expected for the full year 2021. Free cash flow is estimated to be in the range of CHF 60 to 70 million.

More information:
Autoneum supply chain Automotive
Source:

Autoneum

Röhm with innovative materials at Fakuma 2021 (c) Röhm GmbH
16.08.2021

Röhm with innovative materials at Fakuma 2021

  • Röhm will be presenting the new PLEXIGLAS® Optical HT special molding compound for increased continuous service temperatures, as well as other products for various application areas
  • Highlight: PLEXIGLAS® molding compounds for innovative design of vehicles, luminaires and household appliances

The transition in the automotive industry towards electric vehicles is heralding a change in the design language, just like LEDs did for luminaires. Material manufacturers are adapting to these new conditions and are developing custom materials for the respective applications. Between October 12 and 16, the Molding Compounds business unit will be demonstrating how design elements can be combined with a range of functions at the Fakuma 2021 trade fair in Friedrichshafen.

PLEXIGLAS® molding compounds have proven their worth in many fields of application – from the automotive and lighting industries to the electronics and household appliance sectors.

  • Röhm will be presenting the new PLEXIGLAS® Optical HT special molding compound for increased continuous service temperatures, as well as other products for various application areas
  • Highlight: PLEXIGLAS® molding compounds for innovative design of vehicles, luminaires and household appliances

The transition in the automotive industry towards electric vehicles is heralding a change in the design language, just like LEDs did for luminaires. Material manufacturers are adapting to these new conditions and are developing custom materials for the respective applications. Between October 12 and 16, the Molding Compounds business unit will be demonstrating how design elements can be combined with a range of functions at the Fakuma 2021 trade fair in Friedrichshafen.

PLEXIGLAS® molding compounds have proven their worth in many fields of application – from the automotive and lighting industries to the electronics and household appliance sectors.

The brand polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) from Röhm is an extremely diverse plastic that offers great design freedom and boasts great light-guiding properties. At the same time, it impresses with its low weight and easy to mold and process. The material also stands out thanks to its UV and weather resistance and its resulting durability. At Fakuma 2021, Röhm will be showcasing the material’s versatile properties and present its extensive portfolio based on various application examples of PLEXIGLAS® molding compounds.

Source:

Röhm GmbH