The Chinese market for OEM automotive electronics will have more than tripled by 2012 from US$1 billion in 2003, says a new study by Research and Markets. Compiled from research with Tier 1 design engineers and component suppliers, the report covers 35 auto electronics systems from memory seats and night vision to lane departure warning and blind spot detection. Power train will dominate the market, while driver assistance will see the fastest growth. To order the report, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/4391-506.
Researchers have been working on a number of alternative chemistries to lithium-ion for next-gen batteries, silicon-air among them. However, while the technology has been viewed as promising and cost-effective, to date researchers haven’t managed to develop a battery of this chemistry with a viable running time -- until now.
Norway-based additive manufacturing company Norsk Titanium is building what it says is the first industrial-scale 3D printing plant in the world for making aerospace-grade metal components. The New York state plant will produce 400 metric tons each year of aerospace-grade, structural titanium parts.
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