The interior of the vehicle is changing for the better as the need for seamless and stylish solutions expands. The Motherson Group (Uttar Pradesh, India), a global Tier-1 automotive supplier, has a strong focus in smart surface solutions and enhancing the user experience. Now, the company is announcing two separate collaborations with startups whose technology is expected to add valued solutions to the group’s smart surface portfolio. One collaboration is with Sensel, a company with a focus in interactive touch technologies. The second collaboration is with Dycotec Materials, a UK based advanced materials startup which is developing and manufacturing transparent and non-transparent conductive, insulator and barrier layer inks and coatings. Motherson met both companies through Program 10 of Startup Autobahn Powered by Plug and Play.
The Chinese company Yeolight Technology (which was spun-off Visionox in May 2015) has recently presented a 0.1mm flexible OLED panel. This is a red OLED panel that is specifically designed for automotive applications.
High-tech carbon nanomaterial developer Canatu (Vantaa, Finland) has signed a major joint development agreement with DENSO (Kariya, Japan), a leading mobility supplier, to develop high-performance reactors used in Carbon NanoBud (CNB) film production. The collaboration aims to improve CNB film manufacturing productivity by a factor of three compared with the current throughput. To achieve higher productivity, the 1.5-year development project will focus on improving reactor design, process controls and serviceability. The JDA was signed in May 2021 with the project starting immediately after.