IACMI’s New Project to Reduce Cost of Carbon Fiber Automobile Structural Parts

July 11 2016

IACMI-The Composites Institute, in partnership with Toray Composites (America), Inc. (TCA) informed the launch in a strategic project aimed to decrease cost of carbon fiber automotive structural parts by 15% for target components.

The newest IACMI project will address the challenge of decreasing cost and cycle times limit the use of carbon fiber in automotive structural parts. This project, in collaboration with TCA, Zoltek, Reichhold, Janicki Industries, Globe Machine Manufacturing Co., the Composite Recycling Technology Center (CRTC), American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA), and Michigan State University (MSU), is taking a supply chain, ecosystem-based approach to integrate material selection, molding methods, and preform design patterns with waste stream utilization. The integrated supply chain-based improvements will be tested in phase one of the project through flat panel demonstration. Project conclusions are expected to positively impact automotive manufacturing by optimizing high speed processing and advancing recyclability of automotive parts.

Since IACMI’s launch in June 2015, industry partners have been eager to submit project proposals to leverage IACMI resources and collaborate with members on the deployment of high impact advanced composites.

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