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BLOG Interview with Mr. Shantanu Banerjee from Coats Plc.. Meet the company at booth 5/D26 @COMPOSITES EUROPE show

September 15th, 2015 | By Angela in aerospace, Aerospace Industry, Automotive Industry, Business, Composite production, Construction Industry, Design, Engineering, Exhibitors, Fiber, Manufacturing | No Comments »

Q: Please introduce yourself.  What are your responsibilities within your company Coats Plc.?

A: As President of Speciality at Coats, I am responsible for growing the business in all of the key regions around the world in which we operate and also the innovation and technological developments of this dynamic part of our company.

Mr. Banerjee

Mr. Shantanu Banerjee, President, Coats

Q: What makes Coats Speciality unique?

A: Coats focuses on offering solutions through customer-led innovation.  From bedding to fibre optics to composites, our product offerings are constantly evolving; enhancing existing products as well as partnering with customers to explore new areas of opportunity.  In fact, 35% of what we make today did not even exist five years ago.

We have a global footprint with employees across six continents and sites strategically located around the world including the US, Turkey and China.  They are each equipped with technology which, combined with our quality specifications, ensure our products remain consistent no matter where in the world they are produced.

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Tesla Roadster: fast and furious thanks to lightweight fibres

August 24th, 2009 | By Angela in Automotive Industry, Composite production, Exhibitors, Innovation | 2 Comments »

The Tesla Roadster is a totally electrically operated sports car, which also has a low weight thanks to the GRP body (Photo: Tesla Motors Inc.).Something that awakened the interest of the experts in 2006, is now becoming a reality since last year with the production of a small batch of the Tesla Roadster, an all electric driven, two-seater sports car that has now also been available in Europe since May 2009. It is driven by a 252 PS electric motor in the rear, which develops a maximum torque of 375 Nm on the back axle. In almost 4.0 seconds the vehicle reaches 62.5 mph (100 km/h), with an electronically restricted maximum speed slightly above 125 mph (200 km/h).

Consequently, the American Tesla Roadster has everything a sports car needs, apart from the sound. This is now being provided by BRABUS, the German tuning specialists. The company from Bottrop and its Zero Emissions Division, is cooperating with Tesla Motors Inc., and is providing the sports car with an appropriate soundscape.  For this, the electricians developed a so-called space sound generator, which can imitate the sound of a V8, a racing car or various fantasy sounds. The intensity of the sound matches the current performance of the electric motor.

To keep the weight low, the body rests on a stuck aluminium frame and consists of glass fibre reinforced plastic.  Consequently, the 4.0 metre long sports car only weighs around 1,240 kilograms. This demonstrates the increasing importance of composite fibres for automobile construction. At the Composites Europe Trade Fair, which will take place in Stuttgart from 27 to 29 October 2009, this trend will also dominate the presentations of numerous exhibitors.

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