Surface Generation Begins Thermoplastic Overmolding Project

January 16 2017

Surface Generation, a provider of advanced carbon fiber processing technologies, has started work on an 18-month research and development project to produce affordable lightweight carbon fiber components for the automotive industry.

Backed by Innovate UK, Surface Generation is working with project partners to create enhanced automotive components, exploiting its patented PtFS production process to overmold long-fiber reinforced carbon composites with short-fiber thermoplastics.

Part of the Thermoplastic Over molding for Structural Composite Automotive Applications (TOSCAA) project, the consortium is led by SGL Carbon Fibers and includes Jaguar Land Rover, Engenuity, LMAT, Nifco, The University of Nottingham and AMRC at the University of Sheffield and has attracted more than 2 million pound in UK Government funding for initiatives focused on making cars lighter and more fuel efficient.

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