JCI Pioneers Carbon-Fiber Exterior Parts

may 21 2012

Automotive interiors supplier Johnson Controls Inc. said it is to exploit its expertise in natural-fiber processing technology for vehicle exteriors. Johnson which is one of the pioneers in the automotive industry for large- scale production of carbon parts is now able to transfer that technology for use in vehicle exteriors.

The new process is based on a wet-press process used by Johnson Controls since 2003 to produce wood-fiber components for vehicle interiors. In the adapted process, a carbon-fiber mat pre-moistened with resin is placed between the forming tools and then pressed. During the pressing cycle, the excess resin leaks onto the edge of the mold. That results in a very high fiber density in the body parts, the company said.

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