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Friday Focus: 5 Reads for Business Leader Inspiration

September 20, 2013

Business leaders in-the-making as well as seasoned CEOs can benefit from hearing different perspectives on effective management techniques. Here are five recently released books that can be used as primers or guides to assessing your leadership style. Are any of these on your list? Read More

Industry Market Trends

Advanced Materials For Lightweighting Cars: Carbon Fiber Brings Strength and Stiffness

September 20, 2013

In this series, we’re examining various materials used in the construction of automobiles to try to gauge their contribution toward designing cars that will comply with new federal emissions standards. In part one, we examined new technologies in steel, and last week we weighed the value of aluminum. This week, we’re examining carbon fiber composites, also known as carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP). This synthetic material is made from carbon fibers embedded in a polymer matrix. Last week, we noted how aluminum entered the market from the high end, as a premium material that delivered improved performance, handling, and fuel economy. Carbon fiber seems to follow the same path. This summer's launch of the BMW i3 electric car demonstrates a serious commitment on the part of the automaker to the use of carbon fiber.  Read More