“Follow closely the evolution of your competitors for early detection of their patent portfolio development and R&D strategies”

This tool will enable you to follow meticulously your competitors evolution through its patents portfolios development and R&D development. Having your competitor’s information will increase your gain of business advantage, discerning potential business risks and facilitating faster reaction to an action or event from the competition. Competitive surveillance tools are a necessity if you want to take better strategies and stay ahead of the market.

According to your search criteria, the application will combine news, patents, and publications to your final result for better findings.

Examples are shown below.


1.1. News

Faurecia inaugurates new South Korea HQ and technical center

Faurecia today inaugurated its new South Korea headquarters and technical Center in Seoul, Gyeonggi-do Province, in the presence of Mr. Gyeong-pil Nam, Governor of Gyeonggi-do Province and Mr. Patrick Koller, Chief Executive Officer of Faurecia. At the inauguration ceremony, Patrick Koller said Today’s event marks an important milestone in Faurecia’s history in South Korea which began in 2003. Read more

Faurecia to develop and manufacture fuel cell tanks for electric vehicles with Stelia Aerospace Composites

Faurecia today announced it has acquired an exclusive access to the intellectual property and process know-how of composite hydrogen tanks from STELIA Aerospace Composites. Faurecia is now, with the support of STELIA Aerospace Composites, able to design, industrialize and commercialize high pressure hydrogen tanks made of carbon fiber composites for fuel cell electric vehicles. Patrick Koller, CEO of Faurecia: Faurecia has the ambition to become a leading supplier of fuel cell technology. Read more

1.2. Patents


The present invention relates to a method for producing a trim element comprising at least a panel (4), comprising: – providing at least two layers (8) of ligneous material, – defining for each layer a joining line, – cutting each layer along the joining line, – assembling the two layers by applying the joining lines of the two layers against each other. The step of defining the joining line for each layer comprises the following steps: – acquiring an image of the surface of at least a joining area (20) of each layer – tracing the joining line on the acquired images, extending substantially along at least one natural wood grain pattern (18), – transmitting the traced joining lines to a cutting tool arranged to cut each layer. Read more


A method for manufacturing a piece of interior equipment of an automotive vehicle includes: obtaining a first web of fibers on a conveyor, the first web including a first layer of fibers forming a sole, and a second layer of fibers intended to form a velvet; depositing a second web of fibers and obtaining an assembly; needling the assembly; heating the needled assembly to a heating temperature, and obtaining a coating; and thermoforming the coating and a lower portion at a forming temperature in order to obtain the piece. The second web has continuous fibers with a single component having a melting temperature, the assembly further including a binding layer deposited on the sole of the first web, the binding layer in majority including at least one thermoplastic polymer having a melting temperature greater than the forming temperature and less than the melting temperature of the single component. Read more

1.3. Publications

Automotive composites offer lighter solutions

The drive toward smaller, lighter, more energy-efficient vehicles continues as consumers push for greener but not necessarily smaller vehicles, while government regulators demand ever higher fuel economy performance and lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Richard Stewart reports on the larger role being played by reinforced plastics in the auto industry. Copyright 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Read more

Carbon composites and cars technology watch 2012

Carbon fibre composites are well established in limited-edition cars. The development of materials and processes to enable their use in high volume vehicles is the challenge. In this article we review some of the developments announced in 2012. Read more