Hexcel and NaCa Systems Develop Hybrid Carbon and Wood Fiber Composite Car Seat Back

February 10 2020

Hexcel is collaborating with NaCa Systems, a Tier 1 supplier of natural fiber composite automotive interior parts, on the development of a lightweight carbon fiber prepreg and wood fiber composite sportscar seat back using a rapid press molding process. This innovation validates a short cycle time production process for CFRP and wood fiber composite parts and offers a host of benefits to automotive manufacturers. The NaCa Systems seat back will be on display on the Hexcel stand at JEC World 2020. The lightweight seat back demonstrates a 40% weight saving compared to a typical injection molded plastic component whilst also featuring a significantly improved CO2 footprint vs a full carbon part.

Hexcel supplies NaCa Systems with an optimized version of its HexPly M77CS epoxy prepreg material. Hexcel’s newly developed version of the M77CS prepreg has an increased resin content to optimize the CFRP to wood fiber composite bond strength despite the slightly higher resin uptake seen with the natural material component.

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