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Functional fabrics replace conventional components in vehicles
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Sep '09
The expanded use of fabrics in modern vehicles for the replacement of conventional metal parts is increasingly being viewed as a way of reducing the weight of vehicles. Nonwovens already play a vital role in interior comfort, reinforcement, sound insulation and advanced filtration.

However, it is highly likely that-in combination with other materials-new uses will be introduced for nonwovens in the next few years with the express objective of shedding weight, and consequently reducing both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

Fanciful concepts such as the attention-grabbing 2008 BMW GINA and the latest KG-1-exhibited recently in Amsterdam by the Dutch design studio KesselsGranger DesignWorks-are a direct result of this philosophy.

The GINA featured a fabric outer skin stretched across an adaptable frame of aluminum and carbon fibre so that the car's front and sides, including the doors, created a single uninterrupted, seamless piece.

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