Indonesia is the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country, and is also ASEAN’s biggest economy. By Jonathan Chou
Synthetic diamond producer Element Six has introduced the new grade CTB004 to its polycrystalline diamond (PCD) range for the automotive industry. The grade is able to deliver workpiece surface finish in both engine and chassis applications, and is suited for cutting of aluminium alloys where high surface finish is required alongside higher wear resistance.
The grade’s four-micron grain structure delivers a balance between tool performance and resistance to abrasion and chipping. As such, it is suitable for complex and high speed machining.
Worldwide: Automakers delivered a total of 8.71 million vehicles globally in September 2017, a growth of 4.6 percent as compared to the same month the previous year, according to WardsAuto.
Indonesia: Japanese automakers hold a significant market share—98.39 percent—in Indonesia’s automotive market, and their position is forecast to remain the same both in the short and long term, according to the Indonesian Automotive Industry Association (Gaikindo).
Where high flexibility and autonomy in machining operations are required, an automotive manufacturer has found multi-spindle machine tools to be a versatile addition. By Brice Renggli, marketing manager, Tornos
Tokyo, Japan: Japanese steel manufacturer, Kobe Steel, has been found to have falsified data on products sold to customers in the aerospace and automotive industries, such as Boeing, Honda and Toyota.
Southeast Asia: Automotive sales in Southeast Asia are forecast to grow 8.1 percent in 2017 and is the fastest growing region worldwide, according to market research agency BMI Research.
Nürtingen, Germany: Heller GmbH has reported its annual results for 2016. With an annual turnover of 537 million euros (US$599 million) for the year and order intake of US$588.1 million, the company’s key financial data for the year 2016 exceeded the targets set out in its respective annual plans.
Herzogenaurach, Germany: Dr Dirk Kesselgruber will join Schaeffler Group on 1 October 2017, where he will assume the position of head of the chassis systems business division in automotive.
Worldwide: Research by Bloomberg New Finance indicates that falling battery costs will mean electric vehicles (EVs) will be cheaper to buy in the US and Europe as soon as 2025.