Electrification shaking up rubber auto-parts sector

Slowly but surely a picture is emerging of the challenges facing suppliers of rubber-based components for electric vehicles. Patrick Raleigh reports

Electrification is shaking up the automotive parts supply-chain: forcing rubber product companies to add new capabilities to their established areas of expertise in materials science and technology.

In particular, electrical vehicles (EVs) will use far fewer components, as software and semiconductor devices replace mechanical parts traditionally used in power-transmission and handling systems. These developments are of significant concern…

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