Zone: Automotive Composites
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Composites have long been used in autos and trucks, primarily under the hood and in interiors. High-performance have used carbon fiber for many years, and now new high-speed manufacturing technology is allowing carbon fiber to move into production vehicles.


Most Recent Content: Automotive Composites
Automotive CFRP: Repair or replace?

As more carbon composites are used on structural car components, how will crash damage be assessed and repairs be made?
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The vexing economics of carbon fiber manufacturing CompositesWorld

Hexcel's VP and GM Americas, Mike Canario, reviews tough economics the govern carbon fiber manufacturing today, and how they might affect future supply.

Hexcel buys 50% stake in Formax UK CompositesWorld

Carbon fiber manufacturer Hexcel takes a stake in multiaxial fabrics manufacturer Formax to advance its knitting technology for aerospace applications and to provide scale for growing industrial markets.

DowAksa acquires 50% stake in prepregger c-m-p GmbH CompositesWorld

Turkey-based carbon fiber manufacturer DowAksa's ownership relationship with Germany-based c-m-p GmbH will help both companies expand their reach and exposure in automotive and other industrial applications.

Benteler SGL to supply composite leaf springs for new Volvo XC90 CompositesWorld

The rear axle of the new Volvo XC90 crossover SUV will use a composite leaf spring molded by Austria-based Benteler SGL using Henkel's Loctite MAX 2 polyurethane resin in RTM.

Alcoa launches new aluminum for automotive applications CompositesWorld

Alcoa's Micromill manufacturing technology allows production of aluminum that has 40% greater formability and 30% greater strength than incumbent aluminums. The company is targeting automotive body panels with the material.

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