Nanotechnology Now

Our NanoNews Digest Sponsors



Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button


android tablet pc

Home > Press > Ford’s Small Future

Abstract:
Back in 2005, Ford announced plans to establish a joint nanotechnology initiative with Boeing at Northwestern University. It now appears that Ford is reaping early benefits from this initiative by finding innovative ways to use nanotechnology to improve some aspects of its existing business.

Ford’s Small Future

Minneapolis, MN | Posted on May 19th, 2008

According to this recent news release, Ford expects to use new nanomaterials to reduce vehicle weight between 250 and 750 pounds (depending on vehicle type) without compromising safety. These materials, in turn, are expected to be an integral component of the company's strategy to improve fuel economy by 40% by 2020.

Now, Ford has a history of over promising and under-delivering; so I'm not suggesting the long-struggling automakers has turned a new corner and that it now represents a solid investment. I do, however, believe the company's activity in the area of nanotechnology bears watching.

This is especially true if the company can develop "smart" nanomaterials such as General Motors has already created and is now using to redesign certain aspects of its automobiles, including shape-shifting fenders and side panels. (This short article and video offers a quick primer on what some other applications might be.)

Longer-term, if Ford can manufacture nanoparticles and nanomaterials to develop better and longer-lasting batteries such as A123 Systems has created for companies like Black and Decker and GM, it will be a bullish sign.

It has been said that a long journey begins with a single step. Ford's efforts in nanotechnology to create lighter, more fuel-efficient vehicles represents just such a small first step, but it will need to apply the "science of the small" to bigger opportunities if it wants to recapture some of its former glory.

####

About Jack Uldrich
Jack Uldrich is a writer, futurist, public speaker and host of jumpthecurve.net. He is the author of seven books, including Jump the Curve and The Next Big Thing is Really Small: How Nanotechnology Will Change the Future of Your Business. He is also a frequent speaker on future technology and future trends, nanotechnology, innovation, change management and executive leadership to a variety of businesses, industries and non-profit organizations and trade associations.

For more information, please click here

Contacts:
Jack Uldrich
612-267-1212

Copyright © Jack Uldrich

If you have a comment, please Contact us.

Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.

Bookmark:
Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related News Press

News and information

SEMATECH to Showcase Innovation and Advances in Manufacturing at SEMICON Japan 2014: SEMATECH experts will share the latest techniques, emerging trends and best practices in advanced manufacturing strategies and methodologies November 26th, 2014

Australian startup creates world’s first 100% cotton hydrophobic T-Shirts November 26th, 2014

The mysterious 'action at a distance' between liquid containers November 26th, 2014

'Giant' charge density disturbances discovered in nanomaterials: Juelich researchers amplify Friedel oscillations in thin metallic films November 26th, 2014

Blog sites

Graphene chips are close to significant commercialization October 1st, 2014

Harris & Harris Group Continues Its Blog Series to Highlight Most Impactful Portfolio Companies With Produced Water Absorbents, Inc. July 9th, 2014

Harris & Harris Group Continues Its Blog Series to Highlight Most Impactful Portfolio Companies With HZO, Inc. June 12th, 2014

3D printing and microrobots making progress on building tissue with blood vessels which will enable large printed organs June 1st, 2014

Materials/Metamaterials

'Giant' charge density disturbances discovered in nanomaterials: Juelich researchers amplify Friedel oscillations in thin metallic films November 26th, 2014

Lawrence Livermore researchers develop efficient method to produce nanoporous metals November 25th, 2014

Research yields material made of single-atom layers that snap together like Legos November 25th, 2014

Aromatic food chemistry to the making of copper nanowires November 24th, 2014

Announcements

SEMATECH to Showcase Innovation and Advances in Manufacturing at SEMICON Japan 2014: SEMATECH experts will share the latest techniques, emerging trends and best practices in advanced manufacturing strategies and methodologies November 26th, 2014

Australian startup creates world’s first 100% cotton hydrophobic T-Shirts November 26th, 2014

The mysterious 'action at a distance' between liquid containers November 26th, 2014

'Giant' charge density disturbances discovered in nanomaterials: Juelich researchers amplify Friedel oscillations in thin metallic films November 26th, 2014

Automotive/Transportation

Purdue 3-D printing innovation capable of making stronger, lighter metal works for auto, aerospace industries November 20th, 2014

OCSiAl Builds Worldwide Partnership Network November 12th, 2014

NEI Development Update on NANOMYTE® TC-5001, a Protective Coating for Zinc-Plated and Galvanized Steel November 8th, 2014

ORNL thermomagnetic processing method provides path to new materials November 6th, 2014

NanoNews-Digest
The latest news from around the world, FREE




  Premium Products
NanoNews-Custom
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
NanoTech-Transfer
University Technology Transfer & Patents
 Learn More
NanoStrategies
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More












ASP
Nanotechnology Now Featured Books




NNN

The Hunger Project







© Copyright 1999-2014 7th Wave, Inc. All Rights Reserved PRIVACY POLICY :: CONTACT US :: STATS :: SITE MAP :: ADVERTISE