“France’s thriving automotive market has the second-highest percentage of diesel engines in Europe – 71% of new cars registered are diesel-driven – making it a strategic location for engine-related research and investment,” says Philippe Favre, President of Invest in France.
The latest investors in France include German automotive-equipment leader Robert Bosch, which will put €65 million into its Rodez factory (in southern France) from the end of 2007 to manufacture new-generation common-rail injectors. Japanese automotive-parts maker Ibiden will also invest €16 million in its Courtenay factory (central France) to launch a third production line for diesel particulate filters (DPF) for diesel engines, which is expected to be operational by January 2009.
Thanks to the popularity of diesel, leading French automotive group PSA Peugeot Citroën recently announced that it has now produced over 10 million vehicles equipped with HDi diesel engines. In France, the HDi diesel engines are produced in the group’s factories in Trémery (eastern France) – the world's largest diesel engine facility – and in Douvrin (northern France), as part of an agreement with Ford Motor Company of the United States. Both sites are considered to be world-class centres of excellence, known for their highly skilled production teams.
R&D spending for the automotive industry is a priority in France, and cutting-edge projects are being driven by the nation’s dedicated motor-industry competitive clusters, which include Mov’eo, Vehicle of the Future, Mobility and Advanced Transportation (MTA), and Lyon Urban Truck & Bus 2015.
Foreign investors can get involved in these clusters and benefit from research funding. In the future, more and more new and diverse diesel-engine investment opportunities will arise in France in response to the need for cleaner hybrid vehicles and the launch of Euro 5/6 emission standards for cars.
Philip Jolly | alfa
Improved Performance thanks to Reduced Weight
24.07.2017 | Technische Universität Chemnitz
New Headlamp Dimension: Fully Adaptive Light Distribution in Real Time
29.06.2017 | Universität Stuttgart
Whether you call it effervescent, fizzy, or sparkling, carbonated water is making a comeback as a beverage. Aside from quenching thirst, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have discovered a new use for these "bubbly" concoctions that will have major impact on the manufacturer of the world's thinnest, flattest, and one most useful materials -- graphene.
As graphene's popularity grows as an advanced "wonder" material, the speed and quality at which it can be manufactured will be paramount. With that in mind,...
Physicists at the University of Bonn have managed to create optical hollows and more complex patterns into which the light of a Bose-Einstein condensate flows. The creation of such highly low-loss structures for light is a prerequisite for complex light circuits, such as for quantum information processing for a new generation of computers. The researchers are now presenting their results in the journal Nature Photonics.
Light particles (photons) occur as tiny, indivisible portions. Many thousands of these light portions can be merged to form a single super-photon if they are...
For the first time, scientists have shown that circular RNA is linked to brain function. When a RNA molecule called Cdr1as was deleted from the genome of mice, the animals had problems filtering out unnecessary information – like patients suffering from neuropsychiatric disorders.
While hundreds of circular RNAs (circRNAs) are abundant in mammalian brains, one big question has remained unanswered: What are they actually good for? In the...
An experimental small satellite has successfully collected and delivered data on a key measurement for predicting changes in Earth's climate.
The Radiometer Assessment using Vertically Aligned Nanotubes (RAVAN) CubeSat was launched into low-Earth orbit on Nov. 11, 2016, in order to test new...
A study led by scientists of the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter (MPSD) at the Center for Free-Electron Laser Science in Hamburg presents evidence of the coexistence of superconductivity and “charge-density-waves” in compounds of the poorly-studied family of bismuthates. This observation opens up new perspectives for a deeper understanding of the phenomenon of high-temperature superconductivity, a topic which is at the core of condensed matter research since more than 30 years. The paper by Nicoletti et al has been published in the PNAS.
Since the beginning of the 20th century, superconductivity had been observed in some metals at temperatures only a few degrees above the absolute zero (minus...
16.08.2017 | Event News
04.08.2017 | Event News
26.07.2017 | Event News
18.08.2017 | Life Sciences
18.08.2017 | Physics and Astronomy
18.08.2017 | Information Technology