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BASF supports sustainable success of young spray painters
BASF supports sustainable success of young spray painters

PRESS RELEASE - Identifying the exact color code, mixing paint to match the original color and shade, preparing the car body, and finally applying the coating – at the 44th edition of WorldSkills, the world championship of apprenticeships, 26 spray painters proved that automotive refinishing is a highly complex trade. During the finals in Abu Dhabi, the participants in the Car Painting category presented their skills to a professional jury which was impressed by the accuracy and technical know-how of the finalists. After an exciting competition, the gold medal went to Yingcheng Jiang from China. Silver went to Daryl Head from the UK while Maurus von Holzen from Switzerland, Jonas Heinze from Germany and Enzo Barragato from France won bronze medals.

Ford Motor Company Recognized as Global Leader in Sustainable Water and Climate Change Efforts
Ford Motor Company Recognized as Global Leader in Sustainable Water and Climate Change Efforts

PRESS RELEASE - Ford Motor Company is honored to again receive an “A” grade for its water conservation efforts from CDP, the international not-for-profit that drives sustainable economies. The company also received an “A-” grade for its climate change efforts.

Ford Motor Company Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary of Soybean-based Foam
Ford Motor Company Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary of Soybean-based Foam

PRESS RELEASE - Ten years ago, the 2008 Ford Mustang launched with seats made of soybean-based foam. Today, soy foam has saved over 228 million pounds of CO2 from entering the atmosphere; the same as would be consumed by four million trees per year, according to a consumer horticulturist at North Carolina State University.   Ford has used soy foam since the Mustang went into production in late 2007, replacing traditional petroleum-based foam that most industries use. Researching and testing renewable, plant-based alternatives to petroleum-based plastics is something Ford has been committed to since 2000.  

Ford Refocusing Strategy to Drive Disruption in Auto Industry
Ford Refocusing Strategy to Drive Disruption in Auto Industry

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Ford has announced a new strategy to investors that will see the auto giant leverage its unique product strengths, trusted brand and global scale to refocus and thrive in an evolving and disruptive period for the auto industry. The shift will include greater focus on accelerating the introduction of smart vehicles and services. The investor presentation follows a four-month-deep dive into Ford’s strategy and business operations led by Jim Hackett, Ford’s new President and CEO, and the company’s senior leadership team.

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Trending: GM, Dyson Rev Up Efforts to Electrify the Future of Mobility
Trending: GM, Dyson Rev Up Efforts to Electrify the Future of Mobility

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Following major electric vehicle announcements from Volvo, Jaguar Land Rover, BMW and Volkswagen last month, General Motors Co. (GM) and, unexpectedly, Dyson have joined the ever-expanding group of automakers and companies dedicated to

Nissan Harnesses Power of Electricity to Improve Access to Energy, Mobility, Disaster Relief
Nissan Harnesses Power of Electricity to Improve Access to Energy, Mobility, Disaster Relief

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The renewable and electric vehicle markets may be growing at an unprecedented rate, but approximately 1.3 billion people around the world still live in communities where power generation is restricted and access to electricity is virtually non-existent.

Trending: VW, JLR Make Big Commitments to EVs, Circular Tech
Trending: VW, JLR Make Big Commitments to EVs, Circular Tech

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Car manufacturers have dominated the news in recent weeks with details emerging about everything from scrappage schemes to big-time commitments to EVs, indicating that a significant industry-wide shift is underway. Now, Volkswagen joins the growing group of mobility giants making the switch to low-carbon vehicles, while Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has launched a new program that will place end-of-life materials into new products.

GM, Black Girls CODE Celebrate Launch of Detroit Chapter
GM, Black Girls CODE Celebrate Launch of Detroit Chapter

PRESS RELEASE - General Motors and Black Girls CODE (BGC) today announced the launch of a BGC Detroit chapter with a series of hands-on and engaging activities at Detroit International Academy for Women (DIA), a Detroit Public Schools Community District school, and TechTown.

Trending: Auto, Mobility Giants Roll Out Ambitious New EV Initiatives
Trending: Auto, Mobility Giants Roll Out Ambitious New EV Initiatives

WALKING THE TALK - Air pollution has become a hot button issue for the UK ever since London surpassed its air pollution limits just five days into 2017, leading both the public and private sector to leap into action to reduce emissions.

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Trade, Don’t Toss! Target’s Popular Car Seat Trade-in Program is Back
Trade, Don’t Toss! Target’s Popular Car Seat Trade-in Program is Back

PRESS RELEASE - Have an old car seat lying around? Whether it’s too small for your growing tot, too old or simply time for a new model, Target will gladly take it off your hands…again! After the popularity of our first car seat trade-in program this past April, we’re teaming up with our friends at TerraCycle to recycle your used car seats, just in time for National Baby Safety Month. We’re committed to ensuring that kids and babies have the right car seats that meet current safety standards and we’re always looking for ways to make recycling easy. So what better way to accomplish both, than with one stellar program?

Trending: Auto Industry Introduces Scrappage Schemes for Diesel Vehicles Across Europe, UK
Trending: Auto Industry Introduces Scrappage Schemes for Diesel Vehicles Across Europe, UK

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Scrappage schemes seem to be popping up almost daily as auto manufacturers across the UK and Europe ramp up efforts to drive polluting vehicles off the roads in anticipation of tightening governments regulations on air quality and emissions.

Fuel-Efficient Chevrolet Malibu Built at an Energy-Efficient Plant
Fuel-Efficient Chevrolet Malibu Built at an Energy-Efficient Plant

PRESS RELEASE - KANSAS CITY, Kan. — General Motors’ Fairfax Assembly plant, home of the Chevrolet Malibu, earned ENERGY STAR® certification from the U.S.

Accenture Competitive Agility Index: Sustainability Could Unlock $1B for Auto, Industrial Companies
Accenture Competitive Agility Index: Sustainability Could Unlock $1B for Auto, Industrial Companies

NEW METRICS - Interdependent business strategies are better poised to compete in future markets than those that boast one-dimensional strategies, according to new Accenture research.

Trending: European Automakers Roll Out Retrofits to Drive Down Diesel Emissions
Trending: European Automakers Roll Out Retrofits to Drive Down Diesel Emissions

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - As the environmental impact of the internal combustion engine — particularly those powered by diesel fuel – begins to rear its ugly head, governments across the globe are cracking down on automakers to address critical air pollution problems, curb emissions and mitigate climate change.

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Lower Emissions In Car Interiors With Improved BASF Polyether Polyols
Lower Emissions In Car Interiors With Improved BASF Polyether Polyols

PRESS RELEASE - BASF has now improved the process for manufacturing Lupranol® (polyether polyol) so that car components which are made of BASF polyurethane systems emit an average of 20 percent less aldehyde. This allows automotive suppliers, that manufacture e.g. acoustic parts, seats and steering wheels or back-foam instrument panels and doors, to meet the increasing requirements of car manufacturers and the law for lower emissions (VOCs: Volatile Organic Compounds) in vehicle interiors. Following the process change at BASF’s Asian production sites at the beginning of 2017, the modification is now being made in Europe and will take place in the US plants during the course of this year. Alongside isocyanate, polyol is the starting product for polyurethane foam systems.

GM Intensifies Push to Train Young People for Jobs of the Future
GM Intensifies Push to Train Young People for Jobs of the Future

PRESS RELEASE - GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra and nonprofit leaders today introduced new, innovative programs designed to encourage young people to go into technology and engineering professions and improve teacher training in STEM-related subjects. Noting rapid technological advancements in electrified and self-driving vehicles, cybersecurity and connectivity, Barra said automakers’ futures depend on a deep and diverse pool of talented engineers. Nowhere is this more true than in computer science, where women and minorities make up only a fraction of working professionals. In the U.S., only 18 percent of computer science majors and 10 percent of information security professionals are women.

Volvo Shifts Gears, Says 'Sayonara' to Internal Combustion Engines
Volvo Shifts Gears, Says 'Sayonara' to Internal Combustion Engines

WALKING THE TALK - 2019 is slated to be a big year for Swedish automaker Volvo, which has announced that in two years’ time, it will no longer produce vehicles that only have internal combustion engines. Between 2019 and 2021, Volvo will launch five fully electric cars, three of which will be Volvo models and two of which will be high performance electrified cars from Polestar, the company’s performance car arm.

Q&A: Science-Based Targets, Better Fuels Are Where the Rubber Meets the Road for UPS
Q&A: Science-Based Targets, Better Fuels Are Where the Rubber Meets the Road for UPS

CLEANTECH - As a global transportation and logistics company, UPS is all too familiar with the myriad of challenges greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions pose to both the environment and the global economy. To reduce impacts and remain competitive in an ever-changing economic landscape, the company, since 2009, has been making moves to drive innovation and spur change within the shipping industry — including investing in alternative fuels, advanced technology vehicles and renewable energies.

Deutsche Post and Ford to manufacture E-Van
Deutsche Post and Ford to manufacture E-Van

PRESS RELEASE - Deutsche Post subsidiary StreetScooter GmbH and Ford-Werke GmbH are entering a partnership for the manufacturing of battery-electric delivery vehicles. After Deutsche Post has already left its mark in the smaller van segment with designing and producing the emission-free StreetScooter, both partners are now working on a larger vehicle type. The chassis of the Ford Transit provides the technical basis. It will be equipped with a battery-electric drive train and fitted with a special body construction according to Post respectively DHL Paket specifications.

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As Cobalt Declines, Demand-Growth Rises by 500%
As Cobalt Declines, Demand-Growth Rises by 500%

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Circular initiatives may be on the rise, but an impending commodity crisis for cobalt indicates that we still haven’t learned our lesson as far as resource depletion is concerned. The ferromagnetic metal is primarily used in the preparation of magnetic, wear-resistant and high-performance alloys and is a critical component of batteries designed for electric vehicles, laptops, smartphones and a host of other electronics. And we’re running out.

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