Parliament adopts ambitious new CO2 standards for trucks

The European Parliament formally adopted today the first-ever EU Regulation on CO2 emission standards for heavy-duty vehicles. Manufacturers will have to reduce average carbon emissions by 15% by 2025 and by 30% by 2030, compared to 2019. The Parliament confirmed the targets set forward by the Commission in its legislative proposal, which will be challenging for the industry to achieve. Much will depend on the Commission quickly updating the VECTO simulation tool to account for innovative emission-reduction technologies.

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Sigrid de Vries, Secretary General of CLEPA, the association of automotive suppliers, commented on the vote: “Automotive suppliers are contributing actively to meet the objectives of the Paris agreement. CLEPA supports the setting of clear emission targets by the EU, although it will be challenging to achieve them for all actors involved. European trucks are already the most efficient in the world. While transport of goods has increased by over a third since 1995, emissions have barely risen. This shows how much pressure the market already exerts towards more efficient vehicles.”

The regulation on CO2 standards for heavy-duty vehicles is linked to VECTO, the tool for the simulation and certification of heavy-duty vehicles’ emissions. Only the efficiency gains that can be certified by VECTO are taken into account in the simulation of a vehicle’s emissions. Currently, the scope of VECTO only covers the tractor and a limited number of drivetrain technologies. Only once the tool will have been upgraded to take into account efficiency gains from new technologies — such as hybridisation and or trailer components — will the associated potential to reduce emissions will be unlocked. “For the regulation to efficiently achieve emission reductions, an approach is necessary which looks not only at the efficiency of the vehicle tractors but also the trailers, as well as facilitating the deployment of low carbon synthetic fuel,” explained de Vries, adding: “A comprehensive, swift, and regular upgrade of VECTO will be a key criterion for success and bring the ambitious targets of the regulation closer within reach. The Commission is tasked to deliver.”

The Regulation also includes, until 2025, a “super credit” system as a positive incentive for the deployment of zero- and low-emission vehicles, rewarding manufacturers starting from the very first zero- or low-emission vehicle placed on the market. From 2025 onwards, a minimum sales quota of 2% for zero- and low-emission vehicles will replace of the super credit. De Vries commented: “Automotive suppliers support the principle choice for a positive incentive system to pull new technologies into the market.” The Parliament was also instrumental in introducing a differentiation of the definition of low-emission vehicles per vehicle sub-group. This is expected to facilitate the development of low-emission vehicles across the entire fleet, says de Vries: “It is important to push for the development of low-emission vehicles in long-haul transport. Given the high mileage in this segment, the potential for reduction of emissions is substantial.”

Similar to the Regulation for cars and vans, the Commission is required to assess the feasibility of developing a methodology to assess heavy-duty vehicle emissions over the entire life-cycle. De Vries: “Automotive suppliers have always supported the step forward to well-to-wheel or life-cycle analysis, which should help levelling the playing field for different drivetrain technologies and take into account emissions embedded in energy production.”
The Council is also expected to formally adopt the Regulation shortly.

 

 

TRIMNW – Moulded Parts & Nonwovens, lda – Booth G6530 (GACS)

Portuguese non-wovens manufacturer Trim NW will be showing off its range of Termoline products. Within this extensive line of industrial non-wovens, there is a choice of weights ranging from 17g/m2 to 75g/m2.

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They are based on Thermalbond technology and perform especially well as protective barriers and have excellent demolding properties. The non-wovens can also be produced in more visually appealing variants for headliners, parcel shelves and other interior components. These visible non-wovens can be produced with a textile finish, regardless of the substrate, which can be glass fiber, ABS or thermoplastic felt.

 

https://www.trimnw.pt

 

 

 

Empresas Associadas da AFIA Distinguidas com o Estatuto PME Excelência

O Estatuto PME Excelência foi criado pelo IAPMEI com o objectivo de sinalizar, através de um instrumento de reputação, o mérito de pequenas e médias empresas com perfis de desempenho superiores.

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A selecção das PME Excelência é feita anualmente, a partir do universo das PME Líder, e distingue as empresas, que nos vários sectores de actividade apresentaram os melhores resultados económico-financeiros e de gestão.

Na cerimónia realizada hoje, 17 de Abril, no Altice Fórum Braga foram galardoadas cerca de 2400 empresas, entre as quais 5 empresas Associadas da AFIA:

Estas distinções confirmam uma vez mais a qualidade e inovação das empresas portuguesas da indústria de componentes para automóveis, reconhecendo a sua aposta no desenvolvimento sustentado quer das próprias organizações, quer dos seus colaboradores.

 

 

SOPAIS distinguida com o Estatuto PME Excelência 2018

A SOPAIS, associada da AFIA, foi uma das 2.378 pequenas e médias empresas que foram hoje distinguidas com o estatuto PME Excelência 2018 numa cerimónia que contou, entre outras, com a presença do Primeiro-Ministro e Ministro-Adjunto e da Economia.

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A SOPAIS – Componentes Metálicos, Lda. é uma empresa portuguesa em actividade desde 1987 e com sede em Estarreja.

A SOPAIS fornece essencialmente componentes metálicos para a indústria automóvel: estampagem, conformação de peças, conformação de tubo e soldadura.

Como forma de responder às exigências e necessidades dos clientes a SOPAIS encontra-se certificada pelas normas IATF 16949 (Automóvel), ISO 14001 (Ambiente), OSHAS 18001 (Saúde  e Segurança Ocupacional).

Para mais informações consulte o site da empresa em:

www.sopais.pt

 

 

SIROCO distinguida com o Estatuto PME Excelência 2018

A SIROCO, associada da AFIA, foi uma das 2.378 pequenas e médias empresas que foram hoje distinguidas com o estatuto PME Excelência 2018 numa cerimónia que contou, entre outras, com a presença do Primeiro-Ministro e Ministro-Adjunto e da Economia.

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A SIROCO, Sociedade Industrial de Robótica e Controlo, S.A. fornece soluções eficientes totalmente automatizadas para sistemas de montagem da indústria automóvel e outras indústrias.

A SIROCO, fundada em 1988, tem sede em Aveiro e encontra-se certificada pelas normas ISO 9001 e ISO 14001 (norma ambiental).

Para mais informações consulte o site da empresa em:

http://siroco.com.pt/

 

 

MAXIPLÁS distinguida com o Estatuto PME Excelência 2018

A MAXIPLÁS, associada da AFIA, foi uma das 2.378 pequenas e médias empresas que foram hoje distinguidas com o estatuto PME Excelência 2018 numa cerimónia que contou, entre outras, com a presença do Primeiro-Ministro e Ministro-Adjunto e da Economia.

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A MAXIPLÁS – Plásticos de Engenharia, Lda., foi fundada em 1989 tem sede em Pombal e é uma empresa especializada no processamento de termoplásticos de engenharia.

A MAXIPLÁS encontra-se certificada pelas nornas IATF 16949 e ISO 9001.

Para mais informações consulte o site da empresa em:

https://maxiplas.pt/

 

 

 

CELOPLÁS distinguida com o Estatuto PME Excelência 2018

A Celoplás – Plásticos para a Indústria, S.A., associada da AFIA, foi uma das 2.378 pequenas e médias empresas que foram hoje distinguidas com o estatuto PME Excelência 2018, numa cerimónia que contou, entre outras, com a presença do Primeiro-Ministro e do Ministro-Adjunto e da Economia.

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A Celoplás – Plásticos para a Indústria, S.A., com sede em Grimancelos (concelho de Barcelos) foi fundada em 1989, e tem actualmente como actividade a injecção peças técnicas de precisão em matérias plásticas e respectivo fabrico de moldes.

A Celoplás é certificada de acordo com os referenciais normativos ISO 9001, IATF 16949, ISO 14001 e NP 4457.

Para mais informações consulte o site da empresa em:

 

https://celoplas.pt/

 

 

 

 

CAETANO COATINGS distinguida com o Estatuto PME Excelência 2018

A Caetano Coatings, S.A., associada da AFIA, foi uma das 2.378 pequenas e médias empresas que foram hoje distinguidas com o estatuto PME Excelência 2018, numa cerimónia que contou, entre outras, com a presença do Primeiro-Ministro e do Ministro-Adjunto e da Economia.

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A Caetano Coatings iniciou a sua actividade em 1991, no Carregado, a cerca de 30 km de Lisboa, apresenta uma oferta alargada de serviços dirigidos ao sector automóvel e à engenharia civil, baseados em tecnologias tão diversas como a pintura líquida, pintura a pó acrílico, pintura a pó epoxy, pintura cataforese, decapagem industrial, pintura e revestimentos industriais e pavimentos especiais. Estas tecnologias encontram-se agregadas em duas áreas de negócio autónomas:

  • a divisão Automotive
  • a divisão de Protecção de Aço e Betão & Pavimentos Industriais

Para mais informações visite o site da empresa:

www.caetanocoatings.pt

 

 

CIP manifesta preocupação com danos causados pelo impasse no transporte de matérias perigosas

A CIP – Confederação Empresarial de Portugal manifesta a maior preocupação pelo impasse que se verifica no transporte de matérias perigosas e chama a atenção dos diversos intervenientes para os danos que a manutenção desta situação está a causar a empresas e trabalhadores.

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Esta é uma situação que só pode ser resolvida pelo diálogo, mas este não pode ocorrer numa situação em que toda a economia se encontra refém de uma situação.

Dialogar no atual posicionamento das partes envolvidas, tal como conhecido, não será seguramente fácil.

A suspensão da greve por um período minimamente razoável, e uma semana assim parece, poderia revestir utilidade na tão necessária resolução do impasse que não pode eternizar-se.

A CIP apela ao Governo para que exerça a máxima influência junto das partes para que seja criada uma base negocial e que tenha a consciência de que a situação que se verifica afeta Portugal como um todo, sendo penalizadora da generalidade dos agentes económicos.

O que aconteceu nos últimos dias exige, também, uma reflexão profunda sobre sectores críticos para a nossa economia e a sua vulnerabilidade.

 

 

Parliament formally adopts important update of vehicle safety standards

The European Parliament today adopted the revision of the General Safety Regulation (GSR) during its final plenary session. The GSR will make mandatory a set of safety measures for vehicles over the coming years. The agreement should soon be approved by the Council, paving the way to a quick implementation of life-saving technologies. The Parliament will also vote tomorrow on the implementation of Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS), another important text for road safety.

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“Today’s vote is excellent news. The EU demonstrates a strong commitment towards improving safety on Europe’s roads. After essential technologies such as seatbelts and airbags, the GSR will represent the next big leap, with solutions that help avoiding accidents in the first place,” said Sigrid de Vries, Secretary General of CLEPA, the association of automotive suppliers. The Parliament supports all the safety technologies put forward by the European Commission in its legislative proposal. “We salute that the Parliament decided to move the final vote ahead of the elections, allowing for a swift implementation,” added de Vries.

Automotive suppliers are providing active and passive safety systems with technically and economically mature innovations for all vehicle categories. However, the current EU vehicle safety standards were last updated almost a decade ago. The agreement confirmed the inclusion into the revised Regulation of all proposed technologies, including tyre-pressure monitoring systems, intelligent speed assistance, accident data recorders, and direct vision standards for trucks, which will be progressively made mandatory for new vehicles over several years.

According to the impact assessment accompanying the proposed legislation, over 16 years, the revised GSR is expected to reduce the number of road casualties by 24,794, avoid 140,740 serious injuries, and provide an overall net benefit for society of €15.4 bn, considering lives saved and additional costs. The Regulation will accelerate the deployment of effective and cost-efficient safety measures, which are already available on the market, and will boost the competitiveness and global leadership of the European automotive industry in this sector. De Vries: “Most safety systems are developed and supplied in Europe. New safety requirements will therefore push forward European research and innovation, contributing to generate growth, jobs, and investment in the EU. They will also pave the way towards connected and automated driving, by increasing the market penetration of technologies that will be required for automated vehicles in the future.”

The next milestone for road safety: the C-ITS Directive

In addition, the European Parliament will decide tomorrow on another essential piece of legislation paving the way towards connected and automated driving, which could also have an important impact on road safety. MEPs are considering whether to reject a delegated act related to the Directive on Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS). The delegated act allows for the immediate deployment of applications and systems based on the internationally recognised ITS-G5 standard, a mature technology tested in large fleets and infrastructure projects. Many of its applications are related to safety, and could significantly improve upon the GSR’s mandatory technologies. For example, emergency braking and intelligent speed assistance would greatly benefit from connectivity. Rejecting the delegated act may lead to an implementation delay of two to three years at minimum, according to the European Commission. “CLEPA encourages MEPS to vote against the resolution rejecting the delegated act and in favour of a pragmatic approach to technological progress,” said de Vries.

Next steps

The Council of the European Union is now expected to formally adopt the GSR soon. Member States already confirmed their support for the text at COREPER level on 29 March.