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AXMINSTER AWVSL900 WOOD TURNING LATHE
Speeds 500-2000rpm, max diameter over bed 280mm, between centres 840mm, motor 0.55kw, weight 72kg, 1
Speeds 500-2000rpm, max diameter over bed 280mm, between centres 840mm, motor 0.55kw, weight 72kg, 1...
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Lightweight aluminium gives Qashqai a cutting edge

Posted on 01 Jun 2021 and read 510 times
 Lightweight aluminium gives Qashqai a cutting edgeIt has been announced that the all-new Qashqai will be Nissan’s first model built in Europe using a significant number of lightweight aluminium panels.

The bonnet, doors and front wings are stamped from aluminium alloy, which makes the Qashqai body 60kg lighter than the previous version. This improves efficiency on emissions and helps accommodate more technology, including Qashqai’s electrified powertrain.

A £52 million investment in aluminium production at Nissan’s Sunderland plant includes the second extra-large press line that was launched last year and the cyclone — a recycling facility that blasts scrap metal out at 150km an hour and can handle more than 7 tons of metal per hr, ensuring less waste and a greener production process.

As bonnets and doors are stamped into shape, scrap material is shredded and extracted, keeping aluminium grades separate ensuring that Nissan can return high-quality scrap to suppliers. The suppliers turn the separated aluminium scrap into aluminium alloy sheets and redeliver them to Nissan for use in production.

This ‘closed-loop’ recycling system reclaims scrap aluminium, reducing waste and CO2 emissions. This contributes to the goal Nissan has set itself of achieving carbon neutrality across the company’s operations and the life cycle of its products by 2050.



Alan Johnson, vice president of manufacturing at Nissan Sunderland, said: “We continue to look for ways to make both our vehicles and our manufacturing process more sustainable and the use of lightweight aluminium in the new Qashqai is a great example.

“We continue to improve the efficiency and sustainability of our manufacturing operations and Sunderland will play a key role in meeting the company’s commitment to carbon neutrality.”

Recycling scrap aluminium saves more than 90% of the energy needed to create a comparable amount from raw materials.

As part of Nissan’s effort to achieve carbon neutrality, by the early 2030s every all-new Nissan vehicle offering in key markets will be electrified.

The company recently announced plans for a major expansion to its renewable energy generation at Sunderland with a proposed 20MW solar farm extension. If approved, the 37,000-panel extension would result in 20% of the plant’s energy coming from all on-site renewables, enough the companys says to build every single zero-emission Nissan Leaf sold in Europe.