Zoltek Companies Inc. (St. Louis, Mo.), in partnership with Magna Exteriors and Interiors (Grabill, Ind.), an operating unit of Magna International Inc. (Aurora, Ontario, Canada), announced that they have collaborated on a low-cost carbon fiber sheet molding compound (SMC). The new product, EpicBlendSMC EB CFS-Z, combines Zoltek’s Panex 35 commercial-grade fiber with Magna’s EpicBlendSMC formulations and contains 50 percent carbon fiber (by weight). Intended for a range of lightweight parts and subsystems for the automotive, commercial truck and other markets, the product will be offered directly to molders. CFS-Z is particularly suitable for electric vehicle battery enclosures due to its reportedly excellent electromagnetic interference shielding. Also on display at Zoltek’s stand was a new medium to high areal weight carbon fiber prepreg for high-volume commercial applications. The prepreg is Germanischer Lloyd-approved.