Cytec Industries Inc. (Woodland Park, N.J., USA) announced on March 12 that it has acquired an equity position in C-CON Holdings GmbH, a leader in engineering, design and process development. The companies have also signed a joint development agreement to develop novel carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) processing techniques for high-volume production for the serial automotive market, building on work done by C-CON, and leveraging Cytec’s materials development capabilities.
C-CON, a privately held company headquartered in Germany, is a recognized engineering partner to several European automotive OEM companies including BMW Group, Daimler, VW and Audi. It develops components and processes from the initial design through to readiness for series-production. These capabilities are of particular value in expanding the adoption of CFRP for large-volume automotive applications.
“Cytec has a leading position today in supplying carbon fiber-reinforced polymers for high-end automotive applications. This alliance with C-CON marks an important step forward in demonstrating our commitment to pursue CFRP technology development to enable adoption into a broader automotive market,” says Shane Fleming, chairman, president and CEO of Cytec.
“I am very excited to join forces with Cytec, as they are a materials technology leader and are demonstrating a real commitment to the automotive market. Together we can offer comprehensive solutions to our customers, from design to processes to materials, which will greatly facilitate the adoption of CFRP,” says Michael Neuner, CEO of C-CON.
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