Faurecia acquires automotive business of Sora Composites

Citing the need to expand its composites expertise to accommodate what is believed to be unprecedented growth in the use of composites in automotive applications, Faurecia has acquired Sora Composites' automotive business in Changé, France.

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Faurecia (Nanterre, France) on July 18 announced the acquisition of the automotive business of Sora Composites (Changé, France), a company with established expertise in composites and the use of glass and carbon fiber for automotive applications. The two plants affected by this acquisition are located in Theillay and Saint-Méloir-des-Ondes, withoperational headquarters based in Changé (all three sites in France). This business generates annual sales of around €70 million with a total staff of 500.

The parts produced in both plants of Sora Composites include body and structural parts for mainstream automakers such as Renault and PSA Peugeot Citroën, as well as premium car makers such as Aston Martin, Audi, Lotus and McLaren Automotive.

Faurecia says the acquisition is an important step in the development of Faurecia’s expertise in the field of composites, a technology that is expected to experience strong growth over the coming years. With ever more stringent environmental regulations, lighter vehicles are expected which calls for increased composites use to reduce vehicle weight. Use of composite materials, says Faurecia, should save several kilograms for structural and body parts.

Faurecia’s objective is to bring these materials towards the mass serial production of automotive parts. To that effect, Faurecia has set-up a number of research and development (R&D) partnerships with the Fraunhofer Institut in Karlsruhe (Germany), the French Center for Advanced Studies in Composite Materials for Transport applications (CEMCAT), the French ESTACA engineering school and with the French Ecole Centrale de Nantes engineering school (Composite Chair). 

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