Magna International Inc. (Aurora, Ontario, Canada) announced on March 11 that its Magna Exteriors operating unit has been awarded new business to supply painted automotive body panels made from carbon fiber composite material for two 2016 model year vehicles.
Magna Exteriors has successfully advanced its capabilities to now produce Class-A carbon fiber composite body panels at the production rates needed for the automotive industry. Having built on its years of experience with carbon fiber composites, Magna's solution was developed with Zoltek (St. Louis, Mo., USA) Panex 35 carbon fiber to provide industryleading value.
This effort followed the successful collaboration between Magna and Zoltek to develop CFSZ carbon fiber sheet molding compound (SMC). Magna now offers global manufacturers a complete range of lightweight composite parts, subsystems and semistructural applications for automotive as well as commercial truck and other markets.
“With our unique formulations and production expertise, we’ve been able to take our carbon fiber processing and knowhow to the next level – that being outer body panels,” says Tom Pilette, vice president of product and process development for Magna Exteriors. “By continuing to develop vehicle parts and systems with cutting-edge materials, we are able to assist our customers meet fuel economy and emissions standards for their cars and trucks.”
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