DETROIT — Deformation crash elements are not the subject of everyday conversation, but are on the list of many unique and thinking-out-of-the-box innovations at the Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress here. The idea comes from Emitec, a German supplier that produces metallic substrates for catalytic converters. The substrate is the latticework-like grid that holds the precious metals that clean up engine exhaust. At the request of an automaker customer, Emitec has taken its ...

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