Archive: 2014


BA tests ‘happiness blanket’ to track passengers’ emotions during flights

British Airways has begun testing a hi-tech blanket that changes colour using brainwaves to measure and track exactly how passengers feel throughout the entire flight.

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ALC Bulgaria opens new factory for car upholstery

ALC Bulgaria, a subsidiary of South Africa’s Automotive Leather Company (ALC) Group, has opened a second factory for car upholstery for BMW’s Mini Cooper in...

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Are vehicles getting any lighter?

With the introduction of revolutionary new electric vehicles and hybrids, some automakers are now shifting to smaller and lighter vehicles in an effort to increase...

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Autoliv to settle US price fixing lawsuits for US$65m

Sweden-based Autoliv said it had agreed to settle three antitrust class actions in the US for US$65m.

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Transaero aircraft seats ‘glittering with gold’

Russian carrier Transaero Airlines has released details of its Airbus A380 interior design.

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Automotive Interiors Expo Awards champion design and innovation

The winners of the Automotive Interiors Expo Awards 2014 have been announced, with wins for Mercedez-Benz, BMW, Continental and Jaguar.

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Ford introduces innovative airbag design on new 2015 Mustang

Ford is introducing a new inflatable airbag restraint design that provides the front seat passenger in a Ford Mustang with knee airbag protection while significantly...

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BMW carbon fibre joint venture to triple production capacity

BMW is planning to triple production capacity at its US joint venture that manufactures carbon fibre body panels and “body in white”.

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mtex innovation prize for new knitting technology

mtex, which was being held in Chemnitz for the fifth time, awarded the first ever mtex Innovation Prize to Christian Franz of the Institute of...

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New FR developments and standards for transport textiles

After 15 years of developing a new standard for the safety of materials and components of train interiors, the new EU standard EN 45545-2:2013 Fire...

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