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The China Edit - May 2017

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29 May 2017

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

Train capable of 400 km/h ready to boost connectivity

"We will apply new materials in the research and production of the future high-speed trains, such as carbon fiber and aluminum alloy, which will help reduce weight and enhance energy efficiency," said Qiao Feng, a senior engineer at the CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles Co, a subsidiary of China Railway Rolling Stock Corp.

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Train capable of 400 km/h ready to boost connectivity

 
Aircraft manufacturing to take off on C919 jet
Harbin Hafei Industry Co Ltd, an aviation manufacturer in Harbin, Heilongjiang province in northeastern China, is mainly responsible for the manufacturing work of some parts that mainly use composite materials.
These parts include the hatch door for the front landing gear, the hatch door for the main landing gear and the vertical tail of the C919.

Li Wei, deputy chief engineer of the C919 project at Hafei, said: "Once the C919 aircraft starts large-scale production, it will effectively drive the output value of Hafei."

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Hoverboards and the like pose a conundrum
Chinese-made products cost even less, often half the price. Ninebot Mini, a smaller version of Xiaomi’s electric unicycle, goes for just 350,000 won. The device can move at up to 16 kilometers an hour, tackle up to 15-degree hills and travel 22 kilometers on a single charge. It’s also incredibly light, at 12.8 kilograms (28.2 pounds), thanks to use of strong yet airy carbon fiber material.
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Hoverboards and the like pose a conundrum

Interview of Warren Harris, CEO and MD, Tata Technologies

Let me just give you a representative selection of the type of work that we are doing at the moment. There's a European OEM that has outsourced a new sports car to us. And that's a carbon fibre sports car, from the ground up. Platform and top hat, and we are doing all of the vehicle integration, doing all of the electrical systems. We are also doing interior and exterior, and we are putting together the plans for a launch initially in Europe and then there will be a transfer to China. We have got a couple of programmes in China. They are EV programmes that again constitute body structure, the platform and interiors. And, increasingly, we are also working with those same companies on the approach that they take to versioning and configuration management of the software that define the user experience, so increasingly we are moving away from just a pure focus upon mechanical systems and are getting into software and embedded technologies. At the moment, we have probably got 7 or 8 active full vehicle programmes

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Teijin to go on worlwide auto composites drive
Japanese chemical and textile manufacturer Teijin will increase the number of its automotive composite material production and engineering bases around the world to around 30 – 1.5 times the current number.
The initiative will span the next five years and focus mainly on Europe and China.
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