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The China Edit – December 2017

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3 Jan 2018

The China Edit is a monthly curation of business news and reports which have a direct impact on the Chinese - and global - composites industry.

Chinese bid stirs new security concerns
Chinese bid stirs new security concerns
The company is Cotesa, a maker of carbon-fiber components in the German state of Saxony that is a supplier to plane makers Airbus and Boeing. It is being pursued by the China Iron & Steel Research Institute, a state-owned company which makes no bones about its goal: to make Chinese aircraft maker Comac competitive with Airbus and Boeing.
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How Volvo's repositioned Polestar brand plans to lure BMW i and Tesla buyers
Thomas Ingenlath, Volvo's chief design officer who this summer added Polestar CEO to his title, emphasized that the brand's first model will be the most powerful car ever built in China. Production will begin in mid-2019 at a new dedicated plant in Chengdu. The Polestar 1 will also offer the best full-electric range of any hybrid car on the market now, he said.
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China’s Nio Capital aims to build alliance among carmakers to share new technologies
Investments serving Nio include a car component company that supplies in-vehicle electricity chargers and a company that makes carbon fibre components that will make vehicles lighter.
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Even cargo ships are going 100% electric
Cleantechnica reports that Guangzhou Shipyard International in China has built the world's first 100% battery electric cargo ship. Just as commercial flight will go electric first on short haul flights, electric cargo ships are likely to first be deployed on short distance, fixed coastal routes.
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Chinese Ffirm unveils project to develop world's largest commercial drone
The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that Sichuan Tengdun Technology Co. is currently working on is the world's largest in development. It has a maximum take-off weight of 45 tons and a maximum service ceiling of 12,000 meters.
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10 graphene-enhanced products already on the market
China-based FiiO Electronics launched in-ear monitor earphones, the FiiO F3, that make use of a graphene-enhanced diaphragm driver. FiiO says that graphene enabled the development of a thin and flexible driver, which enables the F3 to faithfully reproduce music with a clean, rich, yet transparent high-fidelity sound.
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China eyes 9 areas to upgrade manufacturing capability
New materials such as graphene, specialty steel, advanced organic and composite materials are identified to help the development of advanced machines, save energy and cut carbon emissions.
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