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The adoption of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) is on the rise. With the European mandate that all vehicles sold in 2025 and beyond are battery-powered, the fact that more BEVs were sold in China in 2018 than in all world regions combined, and the global nature of the automotive industry, BEVs are moving toward a […]

Electric vehicles (EVs) are charging ahead and transforming the automotive industry. The lithium-ion battery packs used to power EVs now not only match the strength and reliability of internal combustion engines (ICE), but are expected to exceed ICE performance. Because of these demands, EV batteries, which are the driver of the EV propulsion system, present […]

The car of the future will be electric – that much is clear. However, manufacturers still face some major challenges before comprehensive and emissions-free electromobility becomes a reality. In particular, the complex battery technology, weighing 500 kilograms on average, changes vehicle construction and design. This is why new, lightweight concepts are needed to enable final […]

Global automakers are making battery electric vehicles (BEV) a top priority. The key to adoption is addressing consumer demands, including comfortable, quiet interior cabins, as well as longer battery ranges which are closer inline with conventional internal combustion engines (ICEs). These market changes require acoustic and structural solutions that promote lightweight alternatives aligning with battery […]

Vehicle lightweighting continues to be a top priority in the automotive industry. As automakers (OEMs) add more technology, and weight, with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and battery pack technologies, every aspect of today’s vehicles is being evaluated to determine where weight can be removed. Most efforts at reducing weight have been the result of […]

The in-service commercial aircraft fleet will more than double in the next 20 years. Increased demand for air travel is compelling aircraft manufacturers to look to the automotive industry to find ways to boost production with automation, optimize the supply chain, incorporate additive manufacturing (3D printing) and implement further lightweighting. Conversely, the automotive industry is […]

There are many evolving drivers within the automotive industry, however even with the increasing focus on autonomous and electric vehicles, one key area of focus continues to be lightweighting. Reducing weight by just 10 percent can improve fuel economy by six to eight percent. While high-strength lighter-weight steel grades continue to be used for lightweighting, […]

The growth of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) is unprecedented! With the current adoption rate of 20%, it is expected to grow dramatically over the next few years as proliferation continues and new technologies deliver greater levels of safety behind the wheel. What was once considered a feature for high-end luxuries is now becoming common, […]

Achieving the best surface for multi-metal bonding is a challenge for automakers and suppliers. Body structures, as well as engine and drivetrain system components, contain a combination of materials, including aluminum, steel, magnesium or compacted graphite iron, to name a few. The unique properties of each metal come into play when preparing the substrates for […]

The powerful Li-Ion battery packs of today’s modern electric vehicles rely on a wide variety of technologies to ensure the best possible driving experience. Gasketing and structural adhesive play a key role in delivering a battery that is efficient, durable and maximizes performance, while delivering a comfortable driving experience. Learn more about the role of […]