Toray Develops Low-Dielectric-Loss PBT for 5G Communications, Automated Driving and Intelligent Transportation Systems Applications
Toray Industries, Inc., announced today that it has developed a high-performance polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) (see Glossary note 1) whose dielectric losses (note 2) in the high-frequency millimeter wave band are around 40% lower than those of conventional PBT without compromising dimensional stability and moldability. The new offering product should significantly enhance the performances of high-speed transmission connectors, communication modules, millimeter wave radars, and other equipment for 5G base stations and automated driving systems. The company looks to initiate full-fledged sample work to meet demand for materials used in 5G communication materials. It will develop applications for advanced driver-assistance systems (note 3) and intelligent transportation systems (note 4) for automated driving setups. Applications for PBT include automotive, electrical, and electronic parts. This reflects its outstanding balance of dimensional stability, strength, and other performance elements. It is also easy to mold and process. There has been a growing need in recent years to lower dielectric losses and thereby cut transmission losses in high-frequency components for automated driving and other applications. This has led to the adoption of polymer alloys (note 5) and fillers. There are limits to reducing dielectric losses, however, as such losses from the resin itself are large. Other issues are heat resistance and mechanical property degradation. Toray’s PBT delivers a loss tangent (note 6) of 0.006 in the ultra-wide 79 GHz millimeter wave band. Losses from that factor are around 40% below those of conventional PBT resins while retaining their basic properties. That is because the company constrained the polymer’s molecular motion in the high-frequency range by leveraging polymerization technology to attain a new structure. The new offering keeps the dielectric loss low across 5G communication frequency bands, from sub-6 GHz through high-frequency millimeter wave bands. Dielectric stability is superb in very hot and humid environments. It cuts transmission losses and enables wide-area sensing for incident waves from wide angles, which is an issue in designing high-frequency components. It has been challenging to downsize products without changing the electrical resistance of electric circuits and connectors. The low dielectric loss of Toray’s new resin makes it possible to keep electrical resistance unchanged, which should contribute to shrinking products, reducing weight, and improving performance. Toray has commercialized a range of 5G-suitable resins, and will promote its new offering for use in semiconductor devices and electronic components to support advanced communication technologies. The company will keep developing revolutionary materials that contribute to social progress in line with its commitment to innovating ideas, technologies, and products that deliver new value. An application of Toray’s low-dielectric-loss PBT resin ### [Glossary] Polybutylene terephthalate offers excellent long-term thermal, chemical, and weather resistance and electrical characteristics. A dielectric loss is an energy loss caused by the conversion of electromagnetic wave energy into heat in a material. Advanced driver-assistance systems employ various sensors to assess surrounding conditions, inform and warn to drivers, and modify steering wheel and brake control to enhance safety for all road users. Intelligent transport systems manage information on people, roads, and automobiles to help reduce accidents, congestion, and environmental impact. Polymer alloys are performance-enhancing polymer blends. The loss tangent indicates the extent of dielectric losses. Plastics : https://www.toray.jp/plastics/en/
Rimac Nevera Storms into London with H.R. Owen
The Rimac Nevera, a next-generation 1,914hp all-electric hypercar GT that redefines automotive performance, has arrived in London courtesy of H.R. Owen. The UK’s leading luxury dealer group is the only official retailer of Rimac Automobili vehicles in the country, and one of a select global network responsible for selling the limited run of just 150 Neveras. Proudly designed, developed and built in-house at Rimac Automobili in Croatia, Nevera’s visit to H.R. Owen in London marks the first time it has been seen outside of its home country. It also represents the very first stop on Nevera’s world tour which, over the next eight months, will take in nearly 20 stops in mainland Europe, Asia, the US and beyond. Under H.R. Owen’s care, the Nevera silently roamed the capital, exploring its Ultra Low Emissions Zone under electric power, and taking in some of its most iconic sights, from the London Eye to the exclusive boutiques of Mayfair. Now, the H.R. Owen team will be hosting a series of exclusive static display and drive opportunities for potential Nevera customers, making them one of just handful of people outside of Rimac who have experienced the Nevera’s astonishing performance. Later this week, the car will head to the Goodwood Festival of Speed, where it’ll be tackling the hillclimb in the Supercar Run. Ken Choo, H.R. Owen CEO, said: “Since meeting Mate Rimac and the whole Rimac Automobili team two years ago, we have believed wholeheartedly in their vision. To finally now see the culmination of years of development, with the Nevera finally in our showroom and on the streets of London, is a very special moment. Led by the Group Chairman of Berjaya Corp Berhad, Vincent Tan, H.R. Owen has built a reputation for extraordinary attention-to-detail in customer service, just as Rimac has perfected every small detail on the Nevera. It’s the foundation for a great partnership between our brands.” There has never been a car like the Rimac Nevera, a next-generation all-electric hypercar opening up new dimensions in roadcar performance. With 1,914hp from four electric motors, Nevera can accelerate to 60mph in 1.85 seconds and to 100mph in just 4.3 seconds. It maintains its eye-widening acceleration throughout a full-throttle cycle, achieving 186mph (300 km/h) from rest in 9.3 seconds. Nevera also bears a Croatian name, and one that truly reflects the prodigious performance it can unleash in the blink of an eye. A nevera is a powerful Croatian storm, charged by lightning and appearing with exceptional speed and potency. Just like the storm, the Rimac Nevera is just as adept at transforming its character in an instant – from assured and comfortable grand tourer to ultra-focused performance machine. H.R. Owen is not only the sole UK supplier of Rimac Automobili vehicles, but is also Britain’s leading luxury automotive dealer group, retailing some of the world’s most sought-after premium car brands – Bugatti, Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin, Bentley, Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, BAC, Puritalia and Rimac. H.R. Owen operates
Ground-Breaking Hydrogen-Powered MissionH24 Endurance Racer to Make UK Debut at the 2021 Goodwood Festival of Speed
MissionH24’s ground-breaking hydrogen-powered endurance race car – LMPH2G – will make its UK debut at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. The racer will take on the world-famous hillclimb and it will be showcased on the Michelin Supercar Paddock stage every day of the four-day event. LMPH2G represents a significant technological development, backed by partners Michelin and hydrogen fuel cell maker Symbio – a joint venture between Michelin and Faurecia. The H24 has its sights set on the world's premier endurance racing competitions, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Its four-stack hydrogen fuel cell powers four electric motors, creating a combined output of 653hp. This power, coupled with the car's lightweight chassis and aerodynamic features, give it a top speed in excess of 185mph (300 km/h), while allowing it to maintain the durability and handling performance expected of a high-level endurance racing vehicle. Alongside the GreenGT H24, Michelin will be unveiling its revolutionary race tyre made up of 46 per cent sustainable raw materials, including recycled carbon black from end of life tyres, orange and lemon peel, sunflower oil, pine resin and recycled steel from packaging. Michelin has pledged to make all its tyres with 100 per cent sustainable materials by 2050 – and by 2030, 40 percent of all materials used in tyres across the group will be sustainable. Now Michelin will use endurance racing as a laboratory to accelerate the development of sustainable, high-performance tyres. Peyman Sabet, vice president of business development at Michelin Europe North, said: “The partnership with GreenGT H24 highlights Michelin’s drive to innovation and it is the perfect vehicle to feature Michelin’s 46 per cent sustainable tyres. Both pioneering developments honour the company’s commitment to sustainability, without compromising on performance. We are delighted to bring MissionH24 to the Goodwood Festival of Speed and really excited that fans will be able to watch it take on the hill.” In combination with batteries, hydrogen fuel cells will be used to increase range and enable the development of green long-distance and urban travel. Symbio has targeted production of 200,000 fuel cells a year by 2030. In 2018, Le Mans organiser Automobile Club de l’Ouest and electric-hydrogen specialist GreenGT announced that they would launch a hydrogen class of vehicles in 2024; an initiative collectively known as MissionH24. The Michelin Supercar Paddock will also feature dozens of the world’s fastest, rarest and highest-performance cars. TV star Vicki Butler-Henderson and legendary racer Tim Harvey will host the action, talking all things supercar on the interactive Supercar Paddock stage.
INEOS Grenadier makes dynamic debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed – with some two-wheeled company
The INEOS Grenadier made its first ever run up the Goodwood Festival of Speed’s iconic hillclimb, with the support of the wider INEOS family. The new 4x4 was accompanied by a peloton of cyclists from the INEOS Grenadiers cycling team. Among those representing the INEOS Grenadiers cycling team in the peloton were British Olympic gold medallist, Owain Doull, emerging Belgian star Laurens De Plus, and British road race champion, Ben Swift. Taking the Grenadier up the hill - Esteban Gutiérrez, driving on behalf of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team. As well as its first dynamic show outing, this was also the first public viewing of the Grenadier’s newly unveiled production interior. “It's great to be at the Festival of Speed and to see the Grenadier on the hill - another milestone in our development programme,” said Mark Tennant, INEOS Automotive’s Commercial Director. “Clearly we weren’t looking to break any speed records, but we have been delighted with the opportunity to show the vehicle off, following hard on the heels of our reveal of the interior last week – and equally delighted at the reception we have had from Goodwood visitors.” The interior of the INEOS Grenadier is designed on purpose, to deliver the space, practicality and versatility owners need from a hard-working 4X4. Starting from a clean sheet, the design also cleverly incorporates the modern technology and comfort expected of a vehicle for the 2020s and beyond. Visitors to the Festival of Speed can see the Grenadier in the event’s First Glance Paddock, where the off-roader is enjoying a conspicuously high-riding presence alongside low-slung supercars and luxury coupes. Reservations will open in October 2021 and deliveries will start from July 2022.
Gibson Brands Debuts New Guitars, Gear, and more for Summer 2021 Across Gibson, Epiphone, Kramer, KRK and MESA/Boogie
For the past 127 years, Gibson--the iconic American instrument brand--has been synonymous with creating and shaping sound across genres of music and generations of players. As live music returns around the globe, Gibson, is announcing the release of new guitars, gear, and more, for Summer 2021 across its portfolio of Gibson, Epiphone, Kramer, KRK and MESA/Boogie. Catch a sneak peek in person this week at the brand new Gibson Garage--the must-see music mecca offers the ultimate guitar experience in the heart of downtown Nashville, TN--during Summer NAMM week (Wednesday July 14-Friday July 16). The Gibson Experience at Summer NAMM 2021 will feature new product displays, artist and influencer panels, and music performances, all live from the Gibson Garage (209 10th Avenue South-Nashville, TN-Cummins Station-Street Level), and open daily 11:00am-6:00pm. The night of Wednesday, July 14, an opening party at the Gibson Garage will celebrate the success milestones and two-year anniversary of Gibson Gives--the philanthropic arm of Gibson--with the private event “An Evening Benefitting Gibson Gives and the NAMM Foundation.” During the event, Gibson CEO and President, James ‘JC’ Curleigh and NAMM CEO, Joe Lamond will sit down for a live panel discussion on a diverse range of topics including the current and future goals of the music industry. On Thursday, July 15 guitarist Damon Johnson will stop by the Gibson Garage at 4:00pm to demonstrate the new MESA/Boogie amps, as well as guitars and gear across all Gibson Brands, and show fans how he creates his signature tone. Following is a sneak peek of the new collections and artist collaborations highlights for Summer 2021: Gibson: www.gibson.com The Gibson Original Collection brings classic design and authenticity back into the hands of Gibson fans, with a Collection that is representative of the Gibson Golden Era greatest hits. These include the legendary Les Paul Standard 50’s and 60’s and new for 2021 the Non-Reverse Thunderbird Bass, which features a long-scale 34-inch set neck, with improved balance, available in original colors including a stunning Inverness Green, Sparkling Burgundy, and Pelham Blue. Ever since it was first released back in 1965, the Non-Reverse Thunderbird has been the choice for forward-looking bassists who want to make their own path and steadfastly refuse to follow the crowd. The Non-Reverse Thunderbird's distinctive styling and huge, thunderous tone make it a standout on stage and in the studio. Now you have the opportunity to make one of these relatively rare 'birds your own. Equipped with a Non-Reverse mahogany body and mahogany neck with a rosewood fretboard and 20 medium jumbo frets, each of the two Thunderbird pickups has a volume control, allowing you to use them separately, or to blend them in any amount you prefer. A master tone control rounds out the simple yet highly effective control layout. The three-ply white pickguard features the iconic Thunderbird graphic. The Non-Reverse Thunderbird is equipped with a Graph Tech® nut. A 3-point adjustable bridge provides a full range of adjustment for action and intonation, while Hipshot® Ultralite® tuning machines hold down the strings at the other end and deliver accurate and stable tuning while keeping headstock weight low to improve balance. Gibson Custom Shop: https://www.gibson.com/custom-shop The Gibson Custom Shop is the pinnacle of craftsmanship, quality, and sound excellence. Each instrument celebrates Gibson's legacy through accuracy, authenticity, and attention to detail. Due out July 27 from Gibson Custom Shop, are some of the rarest and most desirable guitars ever made, the 1958 Korina Flying V and Explorer Collector’s Edition. “The Custom Shop Korina Flying V and Explorer project took two years to develop through the magic and artistry of the Gibson Custom Shop teams, including our shop luthiers together with Tom Murphy, Mat Koehler, Mark Agnesi, Cody Higbee and the rest of our Gibson Lab team,” says Cesar Gueikian, Brand President, Gibson Brands. “We utilized 3D scanning technology to scan multiple Flying V and Explorers (made in 1958) to create the most authentic and identical clones humanly possible. The Collector’s Edition is limited to 19 Explorers and 81 Flying V’s and feature Murphy Lab aging, Brazilian rosewood fingerboards and historic recreation of the cases, covers and case candy,” adds Cesar. The Gibson Flying V™ and Explorer™ and its instantly recognizable space-age designs were way ahead of their time when first introduced in 1958 and have cultural icons in the years since. Every one of the vintage Flying V and Explorer guitars feature have been 100% accurately recreated right down to the historically accurate brown cases with the plush pink inside that compliments the striking golden-brown Korina wood finishes. In 1958, the first year they were introduced, Gibson shipped only 19 Explorers and 81 Flying V’s, which mark the exact numbers the luthiers have created for these exclusive editions today. The Korina Flying V and Korina Explorer will only be available in the continental USA. Gibson Artist Collection: www.gibson.com/guitars/collection/artist In August, a handful of highly coveted Gibson signature artist guitars are set for release starting with the Gibson USA Tony Iommi SG Special (August 17), the Jerry Cantrell “Wino” Les Paul from Gibson Custom Shop (August 24), and the Gibson Acoustic Nathaniel Rateliff LG-2 Western Acoustic in Vintage Sunburst (August 31). Epiphone: FOR EVERY STAGE www.epiphone.com Crossing three decades of collaborative partnership between Gibson, Epiphone luthiers and Slash, the all-new Epiphone Slash Collection comes on the heels of his history-making Gibson Slash Collection released last year. Now part of the Epiphone Inspired by Gibson Collection, the new Epiphone Slash Collection celebrates the influential guitars Slash has used throughout his storied career which continues to inspire multiple generations of players around the world. Perfect for every stage and players of all levels, the collection features multiple acoustic and electric guitars including the Epiphone Slash Les Paul™ Standard finished in Appetite Burst, November Burst, Anaconda Burst and Vermillion Burst, the Slash “Victoria” Les Paul Standard Goldtop, and on the acoustic front, the Epiphone Slash J-45 in Vermillion Burst and November Burst. The Epiphone Slash Collection will officially debut worldwide on July 20. "We are in a very exciting journey with Slash and today we are announcing the amplification of our collaboration with the launch of the Epiphone Slash Collection,” says Cesar Gueikian, Brand President, Gibson Brands. “Our new Epiphone Slash Collection brings our collaboration with Slash to the next level, expanding the offering of the iconic Slash models to Epiphone with an accessible price point. Slash was intimately involved in every aspect of the development of his new Epiphone Collection, and we are all excited to see his fans around the world rock out with them!” Kramer: MADE TO ROCK HARD www.kramerguitars.com Kramer, the original MADE TO ROCK HARD guitar brand has been setting trends with a legacy of premium, performance-focused instruments since it was first launched in 1976. Made for rule-breakers that play fast and loud, Kramer has been embraced by legendary rockers and shredders like Eddie Van Halen, Vivian Campbell, Richie Sambora, Elliot Easton, Mick Mars, Snake Sabo and Tracii Guns and more during the height of the metal era in the 1980s-- when it was the most popular guitar brand in the world. New for Summer 2021, is the limited-edition Kramer Custom Graphics Collection which draws inspiration from iconic 80s pop-culture and reflects the fun, energized attitude of Kramer. In collaboration with various visual artists, and Kramer’s own luthiers, the Custom Graphics Collection’s designs range from the glittering flames of Hot Wheels, to retro fashion snakeskin and leopard, and the iconic ECTO-1 car from the film Ghostbusters. “The 80s are back and so is Kramer,” says Cesar Gueikian, Brand President, Gibson Brands. “Our Kramer team has been hard at work to bring these iconic guitars back to the hands of our hard rock fans around the world and we are excited to showcase the new assortment of The 84 and Barettas!” The striking new Kramer Custom Graphics Collection features The 84, in "The Illusionist" 3D Black White Swirl, a Baretta in "Hot Rod" Blue Sparkle with Flames, a Baretta “White Lotus” White Lotus Candy Blue, a Baretta, “Feral Cat” Rainbow Leopard, a Baretta in “Viper” Snakeskin Green Blue Fade, and a Baretta in “Danger Zone” Warning Tape on White Red. The Kramer Custom Graphics Collection is available now on www.kramerguitars.com. The new Kramer Custom Graphics Collection follows the successful release of the current Kramer Artist Collection which features collaborations with Snake Sabo (Baretta), Charlie Parra (Vanguard), and Tracii Guns (Gunstar Voyager). Kramer spans entry-level and intermediate guitars, to professional offerings, across the entire line which continue to make Kramer instruments the choice of today's hard rock and metal legends. KRK: Behind Great Music: www.krkmusic.com For over 35 years, KRK has been Behind Great Music. From being a part of countless hit music productions and albums, KRK delivers top quality gear to music creators, audio professionals, and home studio enthusiasts of all levels around the world. Experience every nuance with the new KRK Classic Series of powered studio monitors which incorporate over 30 years of innovation. Borrowing concepts from previous ROKIT lines, the Classic Series defaults to a new flat frequency solution towards more critical listening and more accurate mixes. Building on KRK's legacy of sonic accuracy and performance, KRK has announced the expansion of its CLASSIC line of studio monitors with the addition of 7-inch and 8-inch models. KRK’s CLASSIC product range was designed from the previous ROKIT lines delivering the high-quality mixes that customers have come to expect from KRK at a lower price-point. With the option to engage the +2 dB KRK Bass Boost, the Classic Series provides the enhanced bass response and sound that music creators around the world have loved for years. All Classic Series models deliver natural, balanced response with low distortion and superior stereo imaging. KRK recently announced a new generation of powered subwoofers, the KRK Studio Subwoofers are now available in 8-inch, 10-inch, and 12-inch variations: S8.4, S10.4, and S12.4. KRK subwoofers deliver tight, accurate, and defined bass, while the highly efficient Class D power amplifiers dramatically increase transient response, control, and punch. The redesigned cabinets feature a more compact profile for improved placement flexibility, a timeless design and professional aesthetic. August 2021 will usher in two impressive new editions of KRK’s superior, studio quality headphones, the KRK KNS 8402 and the KRK KNS 6402 headphones. KRK KNS headphones deliver an accurate listening experience in a highly durable package. With a closed-back circumaural ("around the ear") design, both the KNS 8402 and KNS 6402 are comfortable, and since they are well suited for a variety of uses, both in and out of the studio–tracking, editing, mixing, general listening–they will quickly become the go-to pair of headphones in your collection. KRK headphones’ accurate frequency response, excellent stereo imaging, and consistent KRK voicing means that you can rely on them for the most critical listening applications. Their impact-resistant plastic construction makes them lightweight, yet durable, and with their field-replaceable parts, including the pads and cable, KRK KNS headphones are in it for the long haul. The KNS 8402 headphones feature memory foam pads offering the most comfortable fit during hours of long listening and recording sessions. The KNS 8402 provides up to 30 dBA of isolation--blocking out more external sounds--and features a slightly higher 124 dB maximum SPL rating with a frequency response of 5 Hz - 23 kHz, and includes a cable with an in-line volume control. The impressive KNS 6402 model features acoustic cellular foam pads and provides up to 26 dBA of isolation with a 122 dB maximum SPL rating, and a frequency response of 10 Hz - 22 kHz. The KRK KNS 8402 and 6402 headphones will officially be available on August 17 via www.krkmusic.com MESA/Boogie: The Home of Tone: www.mesaboogie.com Gibson continues to go from strength to strength with the recent addition of MESA/Boogie® --one of the most respected and prestigious brands in sound and guitar amplification--to the Gibson family of brands. The original “Boutique” amplifier company founded in 1969 MESA/Boogie continues to define how we experience sound with hand-crafted, high performance amplifiers, cabinets, pedals, and gear. Recent award-winning releases from MESA/Boogie include the Fillmore™ and California Tweed™ Series, and the amp design team most recently turned its focus back to the legendary Mark Series with the most compact, light-weight Mark amp ever, the Mark Five: 25 1x10 Combo, an all-new Rectifier® Badlander 100 and 50, and the new two-channel Subway® TT-800™ bass amplifier featuring the iconic, vintage Bass 400+ preamp or the popular new Subway preamp. Three new guitar pedals, the boosting, overdrive Cleo™, the Brit-crunching Dynaplex™ and the singing high-gain Gold Mine™, have also most recently been added to the company’s popular Pedal and Signal Management product line. Gibson Brands guitars and gear are played by the best and brightest artists, across every generation and every genre of music and has emerged as the most relevant, most played, and most loved instrument brand around the world.
Legendary GT40 Goes Electric as Everrati Forms Strategic Partnership with Superformance
Everrati, a leading technology company specialising in the redefining and futureproofing of automotive icons through the integration of advanced electric vehicle powertrains, and Superformance, the leading manufacturer of 1960s-era continuation component sports cars, have formed a strategic partnership – with the first new model being an electrified version of the legendary GT40. Everrati was founded to further the legacies of some of the most desirable and iconic cars in the world, redefining and precision re-engineering them with state-of-the-art electric drivetrains, maintaining and enhancing the character of the original. Each Everrati is fitted with a custom-designed electric power unit and battery system, leading to enhanced performance and a zero-emissions future. Superformance offers a full line of high-performance component cars celebrating some of the most iconic vehicles of all time. All vehicles are built under license from trademark holders including GM and SAFIR GT40, adding authenticity and value. Sold as a rolling chassis, a Superformance car can be configured with heritage or modern drivetrains. The Everrati and Superformance partnership will allow enthusiasts to drive an electric-powered GT40, with development of this first model already underway. A prototype chassis has been built and is being comprehensively adapted from ICE power to advanced electric propulsion at Everrati’s UK development centre in Upper Heyford, a former US air base in the English Cotswolds. As with all Everrati vehicles, meticulous attention to detail is being applied to key factors such as battery location and weight distribution to maintain and enhance the character and soul of the original. Further details on this first new model from the partnership and reimagined icon will be announced in the coming months. Justin Lunny, Founder and CEO, Everrati: “This is the perfect partnership. The sole focus of both Everrati and Superformance is iconic cars and Lance and his team are THE guys when it comes to authorised continuation chassis of some of the most legendary cars in history. Marrying these chassis with our advanced EV powertrains and precision engineering will enhance performance while keeping the essence and soul of the original. We aim to create the best electric driver’s cars while, at the same time, future-proofing these true past masters. “So many legendary cars were created by Anglo American partnerships during the 1960s. In fact, the very first GT40 was brought to life in the early Sixties by a UK-based team led by expat British engineer, Roy Lunn, at Ford Advanced Vehicles in Slough. Its body was even made by Abbey Panels in Coventry, before the finished car was shipped to the US for its unveiling the day before the New York Auto Show, in April 1964. “So, it feels highly appropriate for Everrati to be partnering with Superformance, furthering not only the legacy of automotive icons but the partnership between the UK and US. Another cross-Atlantic connection is that our development HQ is located on a former US air base in the Oxfordshire countryside.” Lance Stander, CEO, Superformance: “I’m very excited about the partnership we are announcing today. Justin and the team at Everrati have a compelling vision for the future, along with the engineering pedigree and expertise to reimagine this automotive icon for the 21st century. While I will always love a V8-powered vehicle, there is no doubting the ultra-high performance of Everrati’s advanced EV powertrains. I am genuinely impressed with the lengths to which Everrati goes to maintain the weight distribution and character of the original car. Electrification is the future in so many ways and adds another option for those who love classic sports cars.”
Aston Martin Valkyrie Declared Michelin’s Showstopper of the 2021 Goodwood Festival of Speed
The all-new Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar has been declared the Michelin Supercar Paddock Showstopper of the Festival at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. The Michelin Supercar Paddock Showstopper award was presented to Darren Turner, Marek Reichman and the Aston Martin Valkyrie team by judges Jodie Kidd, legendary designer Frank Stephenson, Mr JWW and DriveTribe’s Mike Fernie. Chosen for its pursuit of function over form, the judges were impressed with the hypercar’s impeccable road-going credentials, as well as its striking aerodynamic design and mind-blowing performance. The Aston Martin Valkyrie made its global dynamic debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed and is the first hypercar the legendary British marque has ever produced. The name of the car intentionally evokes images of an otherworldly power, and its performance lives up to that billing. Featuring a huge 6.5-litre V12 hybrid engine capable of delivering 1160 horsepower in a car which is exceptionally lightweight - its 100% carbon fibre chassis and body weigh just over 1,000 kilograms – helping it achieve better than a 1:1 power to weight ratio. The hypercar takes design and engineering cues from Formula One racing, thanks to collaborative input from Red Bull Racing’s legendary design guru Adrian Newey. The aerodynamics around the car were designed to give F1 standard of performance, downforce and handling. Capable of reaching 0-62mph in a blistering 2.5 seconds, the Valkyrie has an astonishing top speed in excess of 250mph. The Glickenhaus 004S and the Rimac Nevera were runners up of the Michelin Supercar Paddock Showstopper Award. Owner Dr. Cecilia Muldoon drove the Glickenhaus SCG 0004S for the first time on the Goodwood Hillclimb and came straight to the Paddock stage to showcase the unique and wonderful supercar. With a supercharged V8 delivering 650bhp, the three-seater with a central driving position and includes some amenities rare in the world of track cars, including air conditioning, Bluetooth speakers and a backup camera. On the Michelin Supercar Paddock Stage James Glickenhaus described the car as “a road car born on the track." Judges were extremely impressed with the car’s bespoke design, both inside and out, coupled with the vehicle’s performance and rarity. They felt it was unique and worthy of being a Showstopper finalist. The judges were also blown away by the outstanding all-electric Rimac Nevera. The Croatian hypercar was a runner up for the award. It produces a staggering 1914 horsepower and can accelerate from 0 to 100 kph in 1.97 seconds, and from 0 to 300 kph in 9.3 seconds. Each of the Nevera’s wheels are driven by their own electric motor, and each wheel’s torque is automatically adjusted for improved handling. Other automotive highlights from the Michelin live stage include, Lotus (Emira), Bugatti (Pur Sport), Ferrari (SF90), Porsche (GT3), Zenvo (TSR-S), Callum Design (Vanquish 25), Ford (Mach-E 1400), Corvette (C8), Mini (ePacesetter), BMW (2 Series), Mission H24 (LMPH2G), Koenigsegg (Regera), Everrati (964), The Little Car Company (Baby Bugatti). Working alongside General Motors for the debut of the all-new RHD Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, Michelin had five-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner and Corvette Ambassador, Oliver Gavin, on the live stage to reveal the model ahead of its first-ever run up the hill. The Supercar Paddock also saw a number of guest appearances talking to presenters Vicki Butler-Henderson and Tim Harvey, including Jenson Button, Oli Webb, Andy Wallace, James Pickford, Colin Turkington, Paul O’Neill, Darren Turner, Caffeine & Machine’s Phil McGovern and Dan Macken, Charlie Cooper, Richard Westbrook, Paul Swift, Mazin and Nabil Naamo (@TopazDetailing), Zach (@Zachs_Garage) and Raziz (@RokenR).
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Crypto Payments Infrastructure Provider MoonPay Chooses Worldpay from FIS for Global Expansion and Card-to-Crypto Services
Key facts Rapidly growing cryptocurrency payments infrastructure provider chooses Worldpay from FIS to support continued global expansion. Worldpay will handle payments for the purchase of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ether as well as non-fungible tokens. JACKSONVILLE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--MoonPay, which provides payments infrastructure for buying and selling cryptocurrency, has selected financial technology leader FIS® (NYSE: FIS) for merchant acquiring services in the more than 160 countries and 80 digital currencies supported by the rapidly growing company. MoonPay creates tools that enable web and mobile developers globally to accept payments for cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ether as well as for non-fungible tokens (NFTs). The market for cryptocurrencies and NFTs is growing rapidly as consumers globally become increasingly comfortable buying and selling digital assets. MoonPay was seeking an experienced payments partner to support its continued growth. The firm will use Worldpay from FIS merchant services to process consumer credit and debit card-based purchases and sales of cryptocurrencies as well as NFTs. “Our goal at MoonPay is to provide simple, powerful, and painless experiences for consumers around the world to buy and sell cryptocurrencies, NFTs, and other digital assets,” said Ivan Soto-Wright, CEO and Founder of MoonPay. “As a leading provider of card-to-crypto payments processing services, Worldpay provides the global scale, footprint, expertise and seamless acquiring services we need to meet our business goals, enhance our speed-to-market, and continue our expansion into new geographies with our advanced crypto infrastructure.” “As an early supporter of card-to-crypto services for cryptocurrency exchanges, Worldpay brings a wealth of experience to MoonPay as the company seeks to take crypto and NFT purchasing to a wider global market,” said Jason Pavona, General Manager for North America, FIS Merchant Solutions. “Interest in digital currencies as well as NFTs continues to grow, and we’re eager to work with innovative companies like MoonPay that are making these new technologies more accessible to more people.” FIS processes over $2 trillion in transactions annually across over 100 countries in numerous payments types and currencies. FIS has announced a number of cryptocurrency-focused initiatives in recent weeks as a further proof point of the company’s mission to advance the way the world pays, banks and invests. About FIS FIS is a leading provider of technology solutions for merchants, banks and capital markets firms globally. Our employees are dedicated to advancing the way the world pays, banks and invests by applying our scale, deep expertise and data-driven insights. We help our clients use technology in innovative ways to solve business-critical challenges and deliver superior experiences for their customers. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, FIS is a Fortune 500® company and is a member of Standard & Poor’s 500® Index. To learn more, visit www.fisglobal.com. Follow FIS on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter (@FISGlobal). Contacts For More InformationKim Snider, 904.438.6278 Senior Vice President FIS Global Marketing and Communications email@example.com
Vortexa Energy Analytics App is now available on The Bloomberg App Portal
Energy traders and analysts can now easily access Vortexa’s real-time global energy analytics app on The Bloomberg Terminal via the Bloomberg App Portal Vortexa tracks more than $1.8 trillion of waterborne energy cargos per year in real-time, providing energy traders with the most complete picture of global energy flows available in the world today LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--#Chairman--Vortexa today launched its energy analytics platform, combining AI and deep energy industry expertise to provide the most complete real-time data and analytics tools for waterborne energy on the Bloomberg App Portal at APPS VTXA <GO>. Energy traders and analysts using Vortexa App on The Bloomberg App Portal will have access to past, present and future global energy flows of Crude, LNG, Biofuels, Gasoline, Diesel, Fuel Oil, Jet, Naphtha and many others - powerful leading indicators of price movements and key for identifying trading opportunities. Fabio Kuhn, Vortexa’s CEO said: "We are very excited to bring the Vortexa App to The Bloomberg Terminal, making it easier for clients to use Vortexa’s energy data and analytics in their Terminal workflows together with Bloomberg’s functionality and market data, including prices". Vortexa processes a vast amount of data coming from satellites, brokers, port agents, customs and many others, using state-of-the-art AI technology closely overseen by in-house industry experts in order to produce the most complete and accurate data of its kind - at the edge of what’s possible today in the energy markets. APPS VTXA <GO> provides Bloomberg Terminal subscribers with real-time market intelligence and valuable trading insights, streamlining and accelerating their analysis and trading workflows by using Vortexa’s forward-looking and point-in-time information of changing market conditions. A long-standing client of Vortexa - a globally integrated energy trading and refining company, who wishes to remain anonymous due to data sensitivities, spoke to the value of APPS VTXA <GO> and how this helped in streamlining their own trading operations: ‘’We chose to use Vortexa because we assessed their refined products tracking capabilities to be the best available in the market. Their software saves us a great deal of time and their data helps us to understand global trade flows with confidence.’’ The Bloomberg App Portal gives Bloomberg Terminal subscribers access to a diverse library of financial tools provided by software developers from around the world. These include tools for news and social sentiment analysis, technical charting analysis, data visualization and more. Applications contributed to the Bloomberg App Portal are evaluated and selected using a variety of parameters, chief among them the ability for the application to add value to Bloomberg’s existing feature set and information resources. App Portal gives Bloomberg Terminal users access to dozens of third-party and broker software tools for news and social sentiment analysis, technical charting analysis, data visualization and more. To learn more about the Bloomberg App Portal community, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. BLOOMBERG, BLOOMBERG TERMINAL and BLOOMBERG APP PORTAL are trademarks and service marks of Bloomberg Finance L.P., a Delaware limited partnership, or its subsidiaries. All rights reserved. +++ Ends +++ About Vortexa Vortexa tracks more than $1.8 trillion of waterborne energy trades per year in real-time, providing energy and shipping companies with the most complete picture of global energy flows available in the world today. Vortexa’s highly intuitive web-based app and programmatic API/SDK interfaces help traders, analysts and charterers make high-value trading decisions with confidence, when it matters the most. Contacts Emma Boyle, Senior Communications Executive email@example.com+44 7814767321
The Cheesecake Factory Celebrates National Cheesecake Day by Donating $1 Per Slice to Feeding America and Introducing a New Flavor to Its Legendary Li
Coconut Cream Pie Cheesecake Debuts on National Cheesecake Day, July 30th CALABASAS HILLS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Cheesecake Factory® is celebrating its favorite holiday – National Cheesecake Day – by donating $1 to Feeding America® for every slice of its more than 30 legendary flavors of cheesecake sold on Friday, July 30, 2021.* The Cheesecake Factory will also introduce its newest flavor on National Cheesecake Day – Coconut Cream Pie Cheesecake: A delightful twist on a classic with coconut cheesecake, vanilla custard and a layer of chocolate all on a coconut macaroon crust. In addition to the $1 per slice donation on all flavors sold on National Cheesecake Day, for every slice of Coconut Cream Pie Cheesecake sold July 31, 2021 through July 29, 2022, The Cheesecake Factory will donate 25 cents to Feeding America, the largest domestic hunger-relief organization in the country*. The Cheesecake Factory has donated more than $5.5 million to Feeding America since 2008 through the sale of its specially designated cheesecakes. “The Cheesecake Factory is honored to commemorate National Cheesecake Day by continuing our longstanding support of Feeding America’s hunger-relief efforts,” said David Overton, Founder and CEO of The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated. “We are also pleased to mark the occasion by introducing our new Coconut Cream Pie Cheesecake on National Cheesecake Day.” *Donations made on slices sold at all The Cheesecake Factory restaurants in the U.S.A. including Puerto Rico. For more information about The Cheesecake Factory, please visit www.TheCheesecakeFactory.comFind us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheCheesecakeFactoryFollow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/cheesecakeFollow us on Instagram at www.instagram.com/cheesecakefactoryFollow us on TikTok at www.tiktok.com/@thecheesecakefactory About The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated is a leader in experiential dining. We are culinary forward and relentlessly focused on hospitality. Delicious, memorable experiences created by passionate people – this defines who we are and where we are going. We currently own and operate 300 restaurants throughout the United States and Canada under brands including The Cheesecake Factory®, North Italia® and a collection within our Fox Restaurant Concepts business. Internationally, 28 The Cheesecake Factory® restaurants operate under licensing agreements. Our bakery division operates two facilities that produce quality cheesecakes and other baked products for our restaurants, international licensees and third-party bakery customers. In 2021, we were named to the FORTUNE Magazine “100 Best Companies to Work For®” list for the eighth consecutive year. To learn more, visit www.thecheesecakefactory.com, www.northitalia.com and www.foxrc.com. From FORTUNE. ©2021 Fortune Media IP Limited. FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For is a trademark of Fortune Media IP Limited and is used under license. FORTUNE and Fortune Media IP Limited are not affiliated with, and do not endorse products or services of, Licensee. Contacts Berk Communications Brooke Levine / Gabrielle Gaines 646-308-2415 / 646-308-2396 firstname.lastname@example.org
AST SpaceMobile Announces Collaboration with Smart Communications
Memorandum of Understanding Would Look Into Opportunities to Extend AST SpaceMobile’s Coverage to Over 70 Million Smart Subscribers in the Philippines MIDLAND, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--$ASTS #5G--AST SpaceMobile, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASTS), the company building the first and only space-based cellular broadband network accessible directly by standard mobile phones, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate with Smart Communications, a leading mobile services provider in the Philippines. The combined effort would explore opportunities to extend SpaceMobile cellular broadband connectivity to the Philippines mainland, islands and surrounding waters after the service is launched. “Our collaboration with Smart to look into opportunities to offer the SpaceMobile service to their customers in rural communities would allow the company to offer affordable broadband cellular access to the unconnected for the first time ever,” said Abel Avellan, Chairman and CEO of AST SpaceMobile. “With this MoU, we have entered into agreements and understandings with mobile network operators which collectively cover approximately 1.4 billion mobile subscribers.” Under the MoU, AST SpaceMobile will seek to offer cellular broadband network coverage to approximately 70 million Smart subscribers following execution of definitive agreements and successful launch of the SpaceMobile service. “This collaboration between Smart and AST SpaceMobile strongly supports this vision, as we continue to invest in our networks and explore the most relevant innovations that will enable us to continue expanding the reach of our services alongside delivering exceptional customer experience across the Philippines’ more than 7,000 islands,” said Alfredo S. Panlilio, Smart Communications President and CEO. “This new satellite communications technology aims to help us accomplish our mission of connecting the entire nation, where nobody gets left behind.” About AST SpaceMobile AST SpaceMobile is building the first and only global broadband cellular network in space to operate directly with standard, unmodified mobile devices based on our extensive IP and patent portfolio. Our team of engineers and space scientists are on a mission to eliminate the connectivity gaps faced by today's five billion mobile subscribers and finally bring broadband to the billions who remain unconnected. Follow AST SpaceMobile on Twitter @AST_SpaceMobile, LinkedIn, and for an overview on the SpaceMobile mission, view this video. About Smart Communications, Inc. Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) is a wholly-owned wireless communications and digital services subsidiary of PLDT, Inc., the Philippines’ largest and only integrated telco company. Smart serves 96% of the country’s population with its combined 2G, 3G, 4G LTE and 5G network, providing mobile communications services, high-speed internet connectivity, and access to digital services and content to over 71.8 million Filipinos (as of March 2021), through its commercial brands Smart and TNT. Smart also offers satellite communication services under the brand Smart World. Forward-Looking Statements This communication contains “forward-looking statements” that are not historical facts, and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results of AST SpaceMobile to differ materially from those expected and projected. These forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, including the words “believes,” “estimates,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “may,” “will,” “would,” “potential,” “projects,” “predicts,” “continue,” or “should,” or, in each case, their negative or other variations or comparable terminology. These forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements concerning AST SpaceMobile’s expectations with respect to future performance and market size. These forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual results to differ materially from the expected results. Most of these factors are outside AST SpaceMobile’s control and are difficult to predict. Factors that may cause such differences include, but are not limited to: (i) expectations regarding AST SpaceMobile’s strategies and future financial performance, including AST’s future business plans or objectives, expected functionality of the SpaceMobile Service, anticipated timing and level of deployment of satellites, anticipated demand and acceptance of mobile satellite services, prospective performance and commercial opportunities and competitors, the timing of obtaining regulatory approvals, ability to finance its research and development activities, commercial partnership acquisition and retention, products and services, pricing, marketing plans, operating expenses, market trends, revenues, liquidity, cash flows and uses of cash, capital expenditures, and AST’s ability to invest in growth initiatives; (ii) the negotiation of definitive agreements with mobile network operators relating to the SpaceMobile service that would supersede memoranda of understanding; (iii) the ability to recognize the anticipated benefits of the business combination, which may be affected by, among other things, competition, the ability of AST SpaceMobile to grow and manage growth profitably and retain its key employees; (iv) changes in applicable laws or regulations; (v) the possibility that AST SpaceMobile may be adversely affected by other economic, business, and/or competitive factors; (vi) the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against AST SpaceMobile; and (vii) other risks and uncertainties indicated in the proxy statement, including those under the section entitled “Risk Factors” in the Definitive Proxy Statement relating to the business combination, and in the Company’s other filings with the SEC. AST SpaceMobile cautions that the foregoing list of factors is not exclusive. AST SpaceMobile cautions readers not to place undue reliance upon any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. For information identifying important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements, please refer to the Risk Factors section of the Definitive Proxy Statement relating to the business combination. AST SpaceMobile’s securities filings can be accessed on the EDGAR section of the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Except as expressly required by applicable securities law, AST SpaceMobile disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Contacts AST SpaceMobileInvestor:Scott Wisniewski email@example.com Media:Brandyn Bissinger firstname.lastname@example.org+1 866 845 6521 Smart CommunicationsMedia:Cathy Yap-Yang email@example.com
Armor Cloud Security Expands MSP Focus with New CRO, Bryan Hauptman
Seasoned executive brings extensive history of successful go-to-market leadership DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--#TeamArmor--Armor, a global cloud security company, has named Bryan Hauptman as chief revenue officer (CRO). The hire reinforces the ongoing expansion of the company’s global managed service provider (MSP) base while continuing to help end-users streamline security and compliance. Hauptman’s proven track record of establishing and scaling successful MSP programs will serve as the cornerstone for Armor’s growth. He will be responsible for all go-to-market operations, including sales, customer success, and marketing. “Bryan’s credentials and reputation as an influential leader are nothing short of impressive,” said Mark Woodward, CEO, Armor. “This, combined with Armor’s ability to simplify the complexities of cloud security and compliance, will position us to be the ‘engine’ that empowers MSPs to capitalize on accelerating market demand. We have a solid foundation, and with Bryan leading our go-to-market motion, we’re confident that we will continue to excel.” With nearly two decades of experience, Hauptman’s career has revolved around B2B technology with an emphasis on data protection and cybersecurity, and he has proven to be results-oriented. He most recently served as CRO of ThreatConnect, where he was responsible for managing the global revenue team focused on threat intelligence, cyber risk quantification and security orchestration, automation, and response (SOAR). Previously, as Datto’s senior vice president of global sales, Hauptman developed an MSP/MSSP playbook that drove sizeable revenue growth while adding thousands of MSPs culminating in an IPO last year. During his tenure at Sungard, he served as vice president of sales, significantly increasing revenue throughout the Eastern region. “Armor is poised to take a dramatic step towards becoming the security provider of choice for MSPs seeking to enter the cloud security market,” said Hauptman. “I believe that our dynamic platform will play a central role in helping them open new doors of sustained profitability. This role will allow me to make a tangible impact on Armor’s growth and presents exciting possibilities to the MSP community. The market is ripe for opportunity, and I look forward to joining my new colleagues in achieving our goals.” Click here to download a headshot image. About Armor Armor is a global cloud security company. We make cloud security and compliance simple, achievable, and manageable across any environment. Our consolidated security platform safeguards your endpoints, network, server, and cloud against malicious threats seeking to infiltrate and disrupt your business. We also help organizations streamline compliance. In the event of an attack, our cybersecurity experts are available 24/7/365 to help you respond quickly and effectively. Armor is trusted by more than 1,500 customers in over 40 countries. To learn more, visit www.armor.com or follow @armor on Twitter. Contacts Thomas Moore firstname.lastname@example.org