Daimler, Toray to build facility for automotive carbon fiber production

Automaker Daimler and carbon fiber producer Toray reportedly will build a manufacturing plant in Germany to make carbon fiber for Daimler vehicles; the companies will also pursue methods to speed RTM cycle times.

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Website autoevolution.com reported on Nov. 22 that German automaker Daimler is cooperating with carbon fiber manufacturer Toray Industries (Tokyo, Japan) to build a facility in Germany to make carbon fibers for use in Daimler vehicles. This announcement follows automaker BMW's recent decision to work with SGL Group to build a plant in the U.S. to produce carbon fiber for BMW's forthcoming all-electric Megacity Vehicle. In April, BMW announced a partnership with Toray Industries for the production of carbon fiber for use in the 2013 Mercedes Benz SL-Klasse.

The report also says that according to German news organization Automobilwoche, Daimler’s head of research and pre-development Bharat Balasubramanian says the carmaker is working with Toray to find ways to optimize resin transfer molding (RTM) to shorten cycle time of structures made using carbon fiber composites.

According to the report, the new carbon fiber plant is supposed to help Daimler produce 25,000 to 30,000 carbon-fiber bodied cars per year.

Information: Click here for the original report on autoevolution.com.