News – Tires & Parts News https://tiresandparts.net Your News Source for Everything Automotive Wed, 08 Apr 2020 10:35:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.8 Jaguar Land Rover Deploys Over 160 Vehicles to Tackle COVID-19 https://tiresandparts.net/news/automotive/jaguar-land-rover-deploys-over-160-vehicles-to-tackle-covid-19/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/automotive/jaguar-land-rover-deploys-over-160-vehicles-to-tackle-covid-19/#respond Wed, 08 Apr 2020 08:26:11 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=30338 On a global basis, Jaguar and Land Rover have deployed over 160 vehicles to support the efforts of emergency response organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Jaguar Land Rover has contributed a total of 57 vehicles including 27 New Land Rover Defender SUVs to the British Red Cross. These vehicles will be used for making deliveries […]

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On a global basis, Jaguar and Land Rover have deployed over 160 vehicles to support the efforts of emergency response organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Jaguar Land Rover has contributed a total of 57 vehicles including 27 New Land Rover Defender SUVs to the British Red Cross. These vehicles will be used for making deliveries of medicine and food to vulnerable people across the UK who are in need of additional support due to the requirements of home quarantine and social distancing.

Other countries in which Jaguar and Land Rover teams have loaned their vehicles to Red Cross societies include Spain, France, South Africa and Australia. May more markets are likely to receive support from their local teams and the fleets of vehicles that are being provided are now available due to the postponement of launch events.

Jaguar Land Rover is also collaborating closely with the UK government and has offered its expertise in various areas including research, engineering, digital engineering and design, printing of 3D models and prototypes, machine learning, artificial intelligence and data science support to support government efforts to stem this crisis.

Finbar McFall, Jaguar Land Rover Customer Experience Director said that the health and safety of its employees, customers and their families continues to be their top priority. He said that Jaguar and Land Rover would do everything it can to support people in need around the world.

McFall concluded, “Our partnership with the Red Cross goes back 65 years and we will work hand in hand with them to do all we can during this global health emergency. We will also provide help to those closer to home in our local communities. We can all play a part in helping the vulnerable during this global pandemic.”

 

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Equipmake Develops Most Power-dense EV Motor in the World https://tiresandparts.net/news/new-business-ideas/equipmake-develops-most-power-dense-ev-motor-in-the-world/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/new-business-ideas/equipmake-develops-most-power-dense-ev-motor-in-the-world/#respond Wed, 08 Apr 2020 06:12:19 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=30335 One factor that affects the viability of electric vehicles is the weight and space of the motors that they need. British company Equipmake has developed what it says is the most power-dense electric vehicle motor in the world. The company’s new Ampere motor-generator is very light and compact leading to the delivery of more power […]

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One factor that affects the viability of electric vehicles is the weight and space of the motors that they need. British company Equipmake has developed what it says is the most power-dense electric vehicle motor in the world. The company’s new Ampere motor-generator is very light and compact leading to the delivery of more power and less unwanted heat. Its components have lower weight, lower inertia and less mass. The superior liquid cooling also significantly contributes to a power-to-weight ratio that is over four times more than current EV motors.

Equipmake made the Ampere motor using the additive manufacturing technology with metal powder rather than plastic. Instead of starting with a chunk of material from which the material is gradually machined off, the parts are made by adding only the material.

Conventional EV motors are low-speed and deliver high torque from standstill. One challenge with small high-speed motors which use high revs to deliver more power is quick buildup of heat and removing this heat can become a problem.

Specialist additive manufacturing techniques used by specialist firm Hieta made it possible for Equipmake to design the smaller, thin-walled heat exchangers used inside the Ampere. These heat exchangers have a greater surface area through which heat is conducted to the liquid coolant, thus minimizing heat buildup. Only one piece that is far lighter replaces multiple components of the motor that are conventionally conjoined leading to lower weight and thus lower intertia. This allows much higher revs.

In the case of the Ampere, it is designed as an internal permanent magnet spoke motor, meaning that the magnets used in the motor are embedded into the rotor like the spokes of a wheel. The conventional approach is to laminate magnets to the rotor and prevent them from flying off by using a retaining sleeve, but the retaining sleeve also adds to the weight.The use of the spoke design in the Ampere motor maximizes the effect of the magnetic flux and makes it possible for the coolant to get closer to the magnets than is possible in conventional motors. Magnets are more powerful when they are cooler and hence greater access to the coolant translates into less use of expensive magnetic material and higher efficiency.

The techniques used as part of the new additive manufacturing process have taken Equipmake’s spoke motor design to the next level, lending the Ampere its impressive power-to-weight ratio of 295bhp at 30,000rpm from just 10 kg. Equipmake says that the Ampere is the most power-dense motor in the world.

There are normally two methods to describe the power that a motor produces – continuous power is the power that a motor can deliver all day without overheating, while peak power is the highest power that it can provide for short bursts. As the Ampere’s internal cooling is highly effective, it can run closer to its limits for much longer than conventional motors.

The Ampere motor is one that is still very much in the development stage and it can be a challenge to transfer this technology from the track to the road is a much-vaunted. Equipmake does have a good record, as it is the company that supplied the high-speed flywheel concept used by Williams in Formula 1. Hence there is quite a good chance that a few years down the line, we might see the Ampere used in a roadworthy EV.

 

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Interview with Kevin Cole – Certified Master Technician, Audi Abu Dhabi. https://tiresandparts.net/news/interview-with-kevin-cole-certified-master-technician-audi-abu-dhabi/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/interview-with-kevin-cole-certified-master-technician-audi-abu-dhabi/#respond Tue, 07 Apr 2020 15:52:56 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=30332 Can you tell us more about your background and your current role? What prompted you to become a part of the automotive industry? At a young age, I used to help my brother who was also a vehicle motor technician. I really enjoyed it so from then on, I decided this industry was for me […]

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Can you tell us more about your background and your current role? What prompted you to become a part of the automotive industry?
At a young age, I used to help my brother who was also a vehicle motor technician. I really enjoyed it so from then on, I decided this industry was for me and I enrolled at college after leaving school on an apprenticeship course. I went on to gain City & Guilds Parts 1 & 2 and NVQ Level 3 Certifications. After working with different brands, I moved to the VW Audi Group and moved on to gain my VW & Audi master Technician Status.

How difficult was it to gain Master Technician status? What is expected from a master technician?
After attending and passing many technical and non-technical and specialist training courses, I had to attend a 6 Week intense master tech course covering all different systems in Audi Vehicles like petrol & diesel engines /Brakes/Gearboxes etc. At the end of the six weeks, I had 2 day assessments on Fault Diagnosing and one Day Customer Excellence which involved identifying your customers and questioning techniques.
A master technician’s role involves training other technicians; monitoring and identifying their training needs and passing on brand knowledge. The objective is to get first time fix to a maximum. Developing and nurturing good relationships with customers is also a key part of the role, you need to earn their trust and build a rapport. Also working very closely with the manufacturer with regard to any brand issues is important. No day is ever the same
The automotive industry is currently evolving at a very rapid pace. How important is it for technicians to stay abreast with the latest developments? How often should they go for training?
The new technologies in motor vehicles is rapidly developing, like the hybrid and electric vehicles, and new features like Audi drive assist, so it is always good to be up to date and understand how everything works so training is very important.
In the Middle East, Audi has a team of eight specialized technical and sales management qualified trainers responsible for training over 600 dealer staff in the region every year. Audi sales staff and technicians participate in a variety of practical courses during the year that take place at their dealerships, in Germany at the company headquarters in Ingolstadt and at the Audi Training Centre in Dubai to ensure every member of staff is kept fully up to date on the latest products, technologies and information in order to provide outstanding customer service.

What would be the most important advice that you would give to anyone who is interested in taking up a career in the automotive service industry? What essential qualities should they have and what educational path should they follow?
You have to be interested and have a passion for cars and have the ability to carry out practical and theory tests. Also to do a recognized apprenticeship with the brand you choose to work for.

What is most important when it comes to customer satisfaction with regard to automotive services?
Customer satisfaction is a must in any industry not just the motor industry. When a customer needs to bring their vehicle to us for any reason we have to make this a very pleasant experience and make them a fan of our Audi Brand; we need to understand and try to exceed our customer expectations on each and every visit. A happy customer is a repeat customer.
The concern about sourcing genuine automotive parts is a significant one in this region. What advice would you give to our readers in this regard?
We would advise all car owners to have their cars serviced by official manufacturer dealerships in order to guarantee genuine parts.
All Audi parts offer the same quality standard as the constituent parts used during the manufacture of the vehicle and come with two years warranty to ensure smooth, efficient running of your vehicle. They also help to improve safety – for example, all Audi brake products have excellent braking performance and short braking distances through the use of compatible brake discs and brake pads as well as low-wear brake pads.
Most insurance companies can provide an ‘agency repair’ option, which guarantees that the insurance company will have your car repaired at the manufacturer’s official dealer, and therefore guarantee genuine parts.

In this region, motorists experience extreme temperatures and a diverse range of terrains. What precautions would you advise our readers to take to ensure that their vehicles always perform at their best?
I would say always let a manufacturer Trained Technician carry out any repairs and services as they have the knowledge and all the equipment needed to carry out any repairs to the manufacturer’s standard. With the rise of advance driver assist systems and digitization, this is becoming increasingly important – as the technology continues to evolve, technicians who are not manufacturer or specialist trained technicians may not have the relevant, up-to-date qualifications and expertise required to service and maintain your vehicle correctly.

Vehicle emissions and sustainability are increasingly in focus. What advice would you give to customers to ensure that their vehicles have minimal impact on the environment?
Audi is committed to sustainability and every Audi vehicle is designed to be as fuel efficient as possible. For example, the new Audi S8, which just arrived in our showroom, comes with Audi’s mild hybrid system (MHEV), which works continuously to reduce fuel consumption – fuel savings of up to 0.8 liters per 100 kilometers are possible in everyday driving.
In addition, I would advise customers to always drive efficiently and always keep your vehicle maintained in order to avoid inefficiencies.

Electric vehicles are slowly becoming more popular in this region and Audi has revealed highly ambitious plans for the future in this regard. What are the differences between conventional cars and electrified vehicles, in terms of parts and service?
With Audi’s plans to introduce 12 all-electric vehicles by 2025, we are facing new challenges across our service organization. One of the main differences with an electric vehicle is that you have 2 three phase motor powered by a battery instead of the conventional engine. This transformation towards electric mobility requires new qualifications to ensure we give the best customer satisfaction.

What are the key differences between the UAE and the other markets that you have worked in when it comes to the automotive service industry?
In the UK you have UK nationals training technicians and you work with UK customers, but in the UAE you have different nationalities interacting with local based customers so language barriers can sometimes be a challenge.

What improvements do you think can be made in the automotive service industry in this region, especially with a view towards enhancing customer satisfaction?
Revaluation of workshops and a qualification path to follow for all staff.

You were a part of the team that reached the Audi Twin Cup World Final in Germany. What is the relevance of motorsports when it comes to the development of vehicle technology?
Audi has a rich motor sports heritage and pedigree, and this background provides an extreme platform for testing automobiles for design, safety, performance and reliability.
This is especially evident in the fast-emerging Formula E championship, which held its sixth season opening race in Saudi Arabia last month. With ten manufacturer teams now participating in Formula E – more than any other motorsport series – Formula E is acting as a mobile laboratory progressing electric vehicle technology in road cars.
Audi was one of the first manufactures to get involved with Formula E and, as a result, was also the first to market with a luxury electric road car that was derived from Formula E know-how – the Audi e-tron Quattro.

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Sumitomo Rubber Develops Natural Rubber with Less Odor https://tiresandparts.net/news/tires/sumitomo-rubber-develops-natural-rubber-with-less-odor/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/tires/sumitomo-rubber-develops-natural-rubber-with-less-odor/#respond Tue, 07 Apr 2020 14:27:19 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=30329 Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd. Has announced that the company has successfully developed a new type of natural rubber that emits less odor after successfully identifying the factors that cause odor in natural rubber. Called “Reduced Odor Natural Rubber”, this new type of natural rubber emits significantly less odor. Sumitomo Rubber Industries developed and introduced a […]

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Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd. Has announced that the company has successfully developed a new type of natural rubber that emits less odor after successfully identifying the factors that cause odor in natural rubber. Called “Reduced Odor Natural Rubber”, this new type of natural rubber emits significantly less odor.

Sumitomo Rubber Industries developed and introduced a proprietary raw material processing technique at the company’s natural rubber processing plant in Thailand. The technique works by suppressing the breakdown of odor-causing non-rubber components like lipids and proteins that are found within natural rubber in its raw material state. The tire manufacturer’s newly developed “Reduced Odor Natural Rubber” has markedly less odorachieves a significant reduction in odor. According to Sumitomo, the development of this new technique represents a major advance in tackling odor issues not only the plants where natural rubber is processed, but also at other sites like tire factories where natural rubber is handled.

The Sumitomo Rubber Group actively undertakes research and development activities with the goal of enhancing tire performance and promoting sustainability such as greater use of biomass materials and this most recent effort to modify the properties of natural rubber.

Natural rubber in particular accounts for about 30 percent of the raw materials by weight that make up a tire and hence it is important for Sumitomo to continue with its proactive efforts to find innovative solutions to the various issues related to natural rubber and its use.

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Mercedes Celebrates 120 Years of the Brand and the Girl https://tiresandparts.net/news/automotive/mercedes-celebrates-120-years-of-the-brand-and-the-girl/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/automotive/mercedes-celebrates-120-years-of-the-brand-and-the-girl/#respond Tue, 07 Apr 2020 12:21:23 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=30326 Mercedes was the first brand of luxury cars in the world. Though 120 years have passed from the day that Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft decided to name its cars Mercédès, after the daughter of Emil Jellinek, the name Mercedes continues to be a byword for luxury in the motoring world. Emil Jellinek was an Austrian businessman, who lived […]

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Mercedes was the first brand of luxury cars in the world. Though 120 years have passed from the day that Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft decided to name its cars Mercédès, after the daughter of Emil Jellinek, the name Mercedes continues to be a byword for luxury in the motoring world. Emil Jellinek was an Austrian businessman, who lived in Nice, and dealt in Daimler vehicles. He also registered them for racing events. The company started using the name Mercedes on April 2, 1900. The first vehicle with the name Mercedes, Mercedes 35 PS proved to be a winner at the Nice race week in March 1901 with several wins to its credit thanks to its highly advanced technology and was also a crowdpuller due to its impressively elegant design.

The Mercedes 35 hp is considered to be the prototype of the modern automobile and, with its progressive vehicle architecture became a model for the entire automobile industry. Paul Meyan, who was then Secretary General of the Automobile Club of France, said after the race week: “We have entered the Mercedes era.”

For over a century the radiators of Daimler passenger cars have borne the curved “Mercédès” lettering. The name Mercedes was registered as a trademark on June 23, 1902 and received legal protection on September 26, 1902. From that day on, the brand name changed to Mercedes-Benz after the merger of the Daimler and Benz companies in June 1926 and always stood for luxury and innovation. Mercedes-Benz knows just how to offer the best combination of beauty and elegance with performance and technology. The secret to the success of the current Mercedes-Benz design is its combination of intelligence and emotion.

Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer of the Daimler Group said that the firm’s quest for the perfect realization of luxury and the driving of innovation is part of its brand DNA and serves as the basis of the sustained success of the brand.

Wagener added, “Our design will turn cool-looking technology and emotional staging into a desirable experience, as is currently the case with the new compact GLA or the progressive EQC, for example.”

The only car brand with a female name
Mercedes-Benz is the only automotive brand to sport a female name. Bettina Fetzer, head of Marketing Mercedes-Benz AG said that women like Mercédès Jellinek or Bertha Benz played a key role in shaping the success story of Mercedes-Benz from very beginning. She said that the company is building on this tradition with its She’s Mercedes initiative that was founded in 2015 for its numerous female customers around the world.Fetzer concluded, “The future of Mercedes-Benz will combine sustainability and luxury in a fascinating way.”

From 2016, Mercedes-Benz has a consistent track record of being the most valuable luxury automobile brand in the world and it is the only European brand among the top 10 in the “Best Global Brands 2019” ranking by Interbrand, the famous U.S. brand consulting company.

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Toyota Wins 66th Okochi Memorial Production Prize for Aluminium Casting Technology https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/toyota-wins-66th-okochi-memorial-production-prize-for-aluminium-casting-technology/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/toyota-wins-66th-okochi-memorial-production-prize-for-aluminium-casting-technology/#respond Tue, 07 Apr 2020 10:03:34 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=30322 Toyota Motor Corporation has announced that the company has won the 66th edition of the Okochi Memorial Production Prize for jointly developing an innovative aluminium casting technology that improves factory environment and product functionality. The prize is awarded by the Okochi Memorial Foundation every year in recognition of outstanding achievements related to research and development, […]

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Toyota Motor Corporation has announced that the company has won the 66th edition of the Okochi Memorial Production Prize for jointly developing an innovative aluminium casting technology that improves factory environment and product functionality.

The prize is awarded by the Okochi Memorial Foundation every year in recognition of outstanding achievements related to research and development, and the application of production engineering, production technology, and production systems. This is the first time in three years that it has received the renowned Okochi Memorial Prize. This is also the 12th Okochi Memorial Prize that Toyota has received.

Toyota developed the technology as part of its drive to achieve the ‘Plant Zero CO2 Emissions Challenge,’ which is one of the targets in the Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050 that was announced back in 2015. With demand for electrified models increasing, it is important for internal combustion engines also to evolve, like through the technologies that can help them achieve high thermal efficiency. For these two reasons, Toyota developed the aluminum casting technology that received this prize.

Manufacturing cylinder head
Toyota received the prize for a world-first aluminum casting technology for cylinder heads, which can have an impact on the performance of the engine. The cooling water channels of a cylinder head are generally made using molds fashioned from sand and adhesive, known as a core. The current technology to make cores uses an organic material called phenolic resin as the adhesive. The casting process that is used for making cylinder heads results in strong odors and smoke, creating a need for the use of highly expensive and large deodorisation equipment to minimize the impact of the foul-smelling gas by-products.

Structure of cylinder head cooling water channels
On the other hand, it is also also important to increase the cooling capacity of the cylinder head to improve engine performance, and this calls for the use of thinner and more complex cooling water channels. One possible alternative was to use inorganic material as the adhesive to eliminate the strong smoke and odor, but there was previously no method of manufacturing cores that would allow for complicated shapes and reuse of sand.

Using inorganic material
The aluminum casting technology that Toyota developed uses the inorganic material, water glass. This material does not cause any smoke or odors. The company also said that its innovative technology facilitates the creation of complex shapes and reuse of sand. Water glass is not subject to thermal degradation and hence using this material to adhesive the sand reduces odor concentrations during the casting process to 1/100th or less, thus reducing costs related to deodorization equipment.

The action of surfactants also creates a mousse-like consistency making it easier for sand to flow, thus making it possible to create thin and complex cooling water channels in the cylinder head. This plays a key role in the mass production of new model engines having a thermal efficiency of 41 percent. The temperature at which the sand is processed also came down, reducing CO2 emissions by more than 50 percent when compared to conventional methods.

The car manufacturer said that the cylinder heads made using this technology are currently being used across the globe. In the future, Toyota plans to extend the use of this technology both internally and to other companies as well, as well as tackle more new challenges to make society more sustainable.

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Karma Automotive Develops New Traction Inverter to Enhance EV Charging https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/karma-automotive-develops-new-traction-inverter-to-enhance-ev-charging/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/karma-automotive-develops-new-traction-inverter-to-enhance-ev-charging/#respond Tue, 07 Apr 2020 06:08:15 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=30317 Karma Automotive, the high-tech maker of beautiful luxury cars has announced that it is in the final stage of developing two new Silicon Carbide (SiC) Inverters which can significantly enhance the charge of electric vehicles. The new traction inverter uses Silicon Carbide Semiconductors (SiC) to make electric vehicles more efficient and to enhance their performance. […]

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Karma Automotive, the high-tech maker of beautiful luxury cars has announced that it is in the final stage of developing two new Silicon Carbide (SiC) Inverters which can significantly enhance the charge of electric vehicles.

The new traction inverter uses Silicon Carbide Semiconductors (SiC) to make electric vehicles more efficient and to enhance their performance. Karma has designed a new flexible EV architecture that can be adapted easily for various vehicle platforms and Karma plans to make it available to other companies. The flexible architecture design in the 400V and 800V systems can significantly enhance the viability of the vehicles made by partner EV companies.

Karma’s Power Electronics Team made the new SiC traction inverters in-house in collaboration with the Power Electronic System Laboratory at the University of Arkansas (PESLA). The SiC traction inverters have been specially engineered to deliver enhanced efficiency and performance and will be used in both future Karma vehicles and company partners. This flexible architecture design in a 400V system can be customized to fit various vehicle platforms and is also available in 800V power levels to leverage higher voltage for fast charging. The new inverters are also meant to be compatible for diverse industries including automotive, aircraft, train, agriculture and industrial applications.

Many companies, even big ones like Volkswagen are still in the process of developing their SiC inverters, and Karma has a definite advantage in this market with its ready-for-market SiC traction inverters. Karma had also earlier developed its very own insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) based traction inverter that it currently uses in its 2020 Revero GT and GTS luxury electric vehicles.

The development the new SiC power inverters marks a significant advance for Karma Automotive as its recently launched E-Flex Platform range comprises a series of highly versatile platforms. These platforms can be used for a wide range of vehicles from autonomous utility vans for last-mile deliveries, to daily use vehicles for commuting and even luxury supercars. Manufacturers can use this platform to expedite their development of electric vehicles which are more efficient.

“Electrification represents a pivotal shift in the mobility industry, which is why Karma is focusing company efforts on our technology capabilities and solutions for our partners,” said Karma Automotive CEO, Dr. Lance Zhou. “Our SiC inverters, coupled with our upcoming Karma E-Flex Platforms, are a testament to the revolutionary performance and efficiency we are proud to bring to the electric mobility industry.”

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Brembo Donates One Million Euros to Research as Part of Fight Against Coronavirus https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/brembo-donates-one-million-euros-to-research-as-part-of-fight-against-coronavirus/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/brembo-donates-one-million-euros-to-research-as-part-of-fight-against-coronavirus/#respond Mon, 06 Apr 2020 11:30:49 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=30309 Brembo, a leading supplier of brake discs, calipers and original equipment master cylinders has announced its decision to donate one million euros to fund research as part of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic that has swept across the world. The company’s donations would be directed to the research efforts of reputed institutions which are […]

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Brembo, a leading supplier of brake discs, calipers and original equipment master cylinders has announced its decision to donate one million euros to fund research as part of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic that has swept across the world.

The company’s donations would be directed to the research efforts of reputed institutions which are centers of excellence in Bergamo like the Papa Giovanni XXIII Hospital, the Fondazione per la Ricerca Ospedale di Bergamo (FROM) foundation and the Mario Negri Institute to counter COVID-19. These institutions are working in the region that has been most affected by the pandemic, using a combination of clinical and pharmacological research. The Papa Giovanni XXIII Hospital, the FROM foundation and the Mario Negri Institute are working together on three lines of research, which are based on data and evidence from existing clinical trials. I tis expected that this joint effort would soon result in an effective remedy to counter the virus, thus helping to make a significant difference in the number of patients who need to be treated in hospitals.

Alberto Bombassei, Brembo’s Chairman explained that the company had made an initial donation to support care units at the Bergamo Hospital, and then decided to concentrate its efforts on research, as the immediate need was to find a pharmacological treatment to counter Covid-19 within a short period. He went on to explain that research is Brembo’s way of doing business, and expressed his belief that it might be the only possible route to finding an effective solution to handle this difficult situation.

Giuseppe Remuzzi, Director of the Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research (Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche Mario Negri) said that at present, it is very important to understand the mechanisms of the action of the virus within an organism. He said that Brembo’s generous donation received from Brembo would help to make quick progress in terms of identifying the damages caused by the virus, thus reducing the number of patients needing intensive care.

Brembo is hoping with this donation to encourage other enterprises to follow its lead, so that a speedy and adequate solution will be found to this critical situation.

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Magna Develops Sanitizing Device That Could Kill COVID-19 https://tiresandparts.net/news/new-business-ideas/magna-develops-sanitizing-device-that-could-kill-covid-19/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/new-business-ideas/magna-develops-sanitizing-device-that-could-kill-covid-19/#respond Mon, 06 Apr 2020 09:41:42 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=30305 Leading global automotive supplier Magna has developed a sanitizing device that the company says can play a key role in combating the Coronavirus. Magna’s global director, Scott Mitchell said in an interview to Automotive News Canada that the company feels it could really help to save lives and the pruct is ready to use once […]

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Leading global automotive supplier Magna has developed a sanitizing device that the company says can play a key role in combating the Coronavirus. Magna’s global director, Scott Mitchell said in an interview to Automotive News Canada that the company feels it could really help to save lives and the pruct is ready to use once testing is completed.

Like other companies in the automotive sector, the company has joined the global efforts to combat the corona virus with a revamp of its proprietary device known as Puro. The device is meant to help hospitals struggling with lack of resources and healthcare employees who have minimal or no protection while working in close proximity to those infected with the virus.

The Puro is a sanitizing device that resembles a cooler. It is basically a large container having a cord and a lid that is transparent. It uses ozone to eliminate bacteria and remove odor. It is effective to disinfect even items that are highly grimy including dirty boots, dog toys, and sweaty clothes and helmets. According to Magna’s engineering team, the Puro device was successfully used to eliminate MRSA bacteria in 2012. For those who want to argue that this was a bacteria and not a virus, the Puro was also used effectively against H1N1, the swine flu virus that was prevalent in Europe back in 2009. Magna’s belief is that the device might be just as effective against COVID-19. All they need to back up this belief is reliable third-party test results.

According to an article in The Drive, Puro runs on Magna’s “proprietary software” which it uses to “convert oxygen into super-cleaning ozone molecules”. Once the sanitization process is over, the ozone gas is converted back into oxygen that is safely released back into the atmosphere. Magna recommends that the device be used on items that cannot be otherwise boiled or cleaned. For those who are worried about the use of ozone gas for sanitization, it has been used by professional sports teams to clean equipment, and hence it can be used safely for cleaning everyday objects.

The search for testing
Magna is currently seeking a lab that could provide results to back up the firm’s claims about the Puro’s effectiveness for cleaning purpose. In the event that such test results become available, Magna’s goal is to mass assemble the device within a few weeks. The main hurdle is that all labs are overwhelmed with testing requirements right now.

In the event that the Puro device does work, it could prove to be highly useful to healthcare workers who are suffering from acute shortage of protective gear. The device could be used for disinfection of masks, gloves, and other gear that hospitals are having severe shortage of. According to Magna, one Puro device could be used for the disinfection of 50 face masks every 30 minutes.

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Beema Announces Plan to offer Customers One Month of Free Car Insurance https://tiresandparts.net/news/automotive/beema-announces-plan-to-offer-customers-one-month-of-free-car-insurance/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/automotive/beema-announces-plan-to-offer-customers-one-month-of-free-car-insurance/#respond Mon, 06 Apr 2020 04:50:12 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=30298 Beema Insurance, which is part of ENOC Group, has announced plans to help the people of the UAE by providing financial relief in the form of ‘one month of car insurance for free’ to anyone who purchases a car insurance policy online from Beema and uses the code TOGETHER. Policies can be bought online on […]

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Beema Insurance, which is part of ENOC Group, has announced plans to help the people of the UAE by providing financial relief in the form of ‘one month of car insurance for free’ to anyone who purchases a car insurance policy online from Beema and uses the code TOGETHER. Policies can be bought online on www.beema.ae.

This decision by the company aligns with the firm’s continued efforts to support the social distancing practices that has been urged by the authorities in the UAE. Current social distancing measures have led to many people seeking ways to renew their car insurance online as part of renewing their car registration online as they stay in self-quarantine.

Commenting on the move, H.E Saif Humaid Al Falasi, Group CEO of ENOC said that Beema felt it was the firm’s duty to support the fight against COVID-19 and help people at this difficult time.

He added, “We deeply feel for people affected by the current situation and we are committed in contributing to our community, by making the insurance registration easy and by offering financial relief measures”.

The Government of the UAE has implemented several measures to help contain the spread of this pandemic that has swept across the globe, including enhanced screening and quarantine measures. The measures include intensive disinfection campaigns, closure of schools, implementation of distance learning, and most of the workforce working from home.

On March 23, the Ministry of Interior and National Emergency and the Crisis and Disasters Management Authority permitted car registration online and waived testing requirements for three months, in order to enable social distancing and protect customers from Covid-19.

Beema Insurance has reiterated its commitment to extend its support to customers by providing best in class services and fast turnaround times. The company’s multiple servicing channels and 24/7 access means that customers have a lot of flexibility when it comes to options to connect with Beema. Beema was earlier in the news in the third quarter of 2019 for launching the UAE’s first pay-per-kilometer car insurance product, thus helping its customers to save money on low-mileage vehicles and ensuring they don’t overpay if they do not drive much on a daily basis. The product is fully-digital with all purchase and renewal actions taken online. Customers sign-up online and can manage all of their policies from their online portal. Beema is the outcome of a collaboration between ENOC (Emirates National Oil Company) and The Boston Consulting Group.

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