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2008 CORVETTE OFFERS BOOST IN PERFORMANCE AND IS ACCESSORY FRIENDLY

The Chevrolet Corvette is getting yet another boost in performance and luxury. The changes made to the 2008 Corvette come three years after the introduction of the current sixth-generation body style.  According to a recent AutoWeek article, the Corvette is getting “a boost in performance, more luxury features and, most likely, a higher price.”

A LESSON IN LEADERSHIP BY DAVE ANDERSON

Good leadership drives the specialty-equipment industry, and business owners that clearly understand their role as leaders could help ensure a long business life ahead of their company. SEMA conducted a webinar earlier this year on leadership, and a presentation of that webinar can be viewed by clicking here. In addition to this valuable resource, a recent article posted on Dave Anderson’s LearntoLead.com discusses how founders of two auto manufacturers undertook their roles as leaders in their respective companies.

NEW TECHNOLOGY SHIFTS ENGINE CRANKSHAFT WITH ELECTRIC MOTOR

FEV Engine Technology Inc. (FEV) recently unveiled a developmental gasoline/E85 turbocharged direct injection (GTDI) engine that also features variable compression ratio (VCR) at the 2007 SAE World Congress. According to a company press release, the engine is being developed in-house, in tandem with several other DI engine projects that FEV is working on with various automakers.

GLAZED WINDSHIELD KEEPS DRIVERS COOL AND IMPROVES FUEL ECONOMY

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL, a U.S. Department of Energy laboratory), PPG and other leading automotive suppliers presented research findings on a new glazed automotive windshield at the recent Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) World Congress. PPG’s Sungate EP automotive glass windshield significantly reduced the transmission of solar energy into a vehicle, keeping the interior cooler and improving fuel economy, according to a PPG Industries press release.

PROCESS FOR MAKING FILMS SAFE FOR YOUR ELECTRONICS

DuPont, a manufacturer and distributor of chemicals and high-performance materials, is seeking to license a process for making self-supporting conductive films for electrical applications, such as packaging for transporting electrical components and static dissipating laminates for critical workbenches and clean-room environments. According to a brief description of this technology on Yet2.com, the company says that these films can also provide permanent shielding from electromagnetic interference for sensitive electronic devices.

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