Chinese company Kangde Composites Co. has enlisted Cannon (Borromeo, Italy) for the high volume production of carbon fiber-based composite parts made with HP-RTM technology.
The project is for the production of lightweight composite parts for new electric cars to be made in China. A government program, aimed at the reduction of gas emissions from the transportation sector, plans for the manufacture of five million electric cars by 2020.
Kangde Composites is going to invest in technology and equipment to manufacture the wide range of carbon-fiber-reinforced parts required to provide the necessary energy efficiency to these cars.
The contract is covering a whole range of technologies and equipment including: carbon fiber stacks production (with a dedicated nesting software to optimize carbon fiber yield and minimize handling); carbon fiber stacks preforming system and HP‐RTM and LLD (Liquid Lay Down) production cells. Delivery and installation of the large Cannon HP‐RTM molding plant will take place in 2016.
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The world’s automakers are a mere two model development cycles from US CAFE and EU emissions compliance due dates in the 2020-2025 timeframe. Faced with a one-two punch in fuel-economy and carbon-dioxide (CO2) emission standards, lightweighting has become a vehicle design imperative.