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China Edit – April 2021

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

China Edit – April 2021
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The lineup of Polestar vehicles at the 2021 Shanghai Auto Show. Image Credits: Polestar/Geely Holdings

All the electric vehicles that stood out at the Shanghai Auto Show
The special edition of the Polestar 2 has a lightweight body made from carbon fiber reinforced polymer, twin rear electric motors with genuine torque vectoring and high-performance components like Akebono brakes and adjustable Öhlins dampers. 
Photo: The lineup of Polestar vehicles at the 2021 Shanghai Auto Show.
Image Credits: Polestar/Geely Holdings
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Three premieres for Automobili Lamborghini at the 2021 Shanghai Auto Show 
Commenting on the brand’s outlook in the China market, president and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini Stephan Winkelmann said: “The Chinese market is seeing very positive developments. I am very happy to confirm that all production for the Chinese market in 2021 is already planned. With growing volumes, the Chinese market is expected to rise to second place in terms of sales, remaining one of the most significant markets for Lamborghini globally.” 
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Hongqi 'S' series poised to capture growing demand for new energy sports vehicles

Hongqi ‘S’ series poised to capture growing demand for new energy sports vehicles 
Boasting a highly electrified V8 engine, the Hongqi S9 is a plug-in hybrid that is capable of zero emission driving. Hongqi S9 also features innovative carbon fiber air intakes which are seamlessly integrated into each headlight to conduct cooling air to the engine for maximum aerodynamic efficiency.
Photo: Hongqi S9, First Model of the Hongqi ‘S’ Series, Unveiled at Auto Shanghai 2021
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Chinese firms prepare to charge into Europe’s electric car market 
Chinese rivals Nio, Xpeng and Li Auto have all rapidly risen in value to rival much bigger and longer-established manufacturers – despite having never made an annual profit – on the back of US stock market listings that brought access to retail investors, although their values have fallen steeply from highs earlier this year. 
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Chinese space firm delivers exoskeleton system to firefighters

Chinese space firm delivers exoskeleton system to firefighters
The system weighs 5 kilograms and can effectively save more than 50 percent of the energy expended in walking, climbing and carrying goods, according to the developers. Read more about this article 

China’s aviation capabilities: official report 
In a report published by thePaper.cn, a media site owned by the Shanghai government, an official research unit said there was a “gap” between the city’s aviation and aerospace industries and those in the United States and Europe in terms of technology and management.  
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Kelley Aerospace chairman Avraham Kelley posing with a full-sized model of the Arrow at his hangar in Seletar. (Photo: Marcus Mark Ramos)

Singapore-based aviation contractor aims to build supersonic combat 
Singapore-based Kelley Aerospace unveiled the Arrow, a combat drone concept made of carbon fibre that it said will fly at speeds of up to Mach 2.1, or 2,572km/h. 
Photo: Kelley Aerospace chairman Avraham Kelley posing with a full-sized model of the Arrow at his hangar in Seletar. (@Marcus Mark Ramos)
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