Composites continue measured growth as the global automotive industry, driven by zero-emissions goals toward increased electrification, seeks to reduce vehicle weight and improve performance.
Senior Editor, CompositesWorld
A new project aims to identify potential opportunities and challenges for composite materials within the electric vehicle battery enclosure market.
The high-performance SUV boasts carbon fiber front, side and rear skirts, as well as a composite hood. Carbon fiber trim completes the look.
German racing series DTM says the shift away from carbon fibers will be more cost-efficient, improve lightweighting and reduce the organization’s ecological footprint.
Among the winners and finalists, a wide range of technologies demonstrate composites’ benefits for ground transportation.
As we celebrate National Composites Week, here are just a few of the many ways the composites industry is working to improve our lives.
The manufacturing world likes to think of composites fabrication as a single, global entity that operates to serve its customers’ needs with a variety of highly engineered parts and structures.
LANXESS rear seat shell showcases the company’s continuous-fiber-reinforced composites role in large-scale production of structural components for automotive.
Benet offers advanced technologies for carbon fiber-reinforced and glass fiber-reinforced plastic molding, as well as the painting and assembly of vehicles.
Results reviewed at SAMPE 2019 show new materials and side-by-side comparisons of thermoset, thermoplastic, HP-RTM and press-forming, including PtFS molding cell.
The project’s aim was to produce a lighter, composite version of an aluminum Audi engine brace, with a more aesthetic molded shape.
At JEC World 2019, Engel Austria is presenting its technologies for organomelt processing, in-situ polymerization, HP-RTM and flow molding with SMC.
The winners will be announced on Nov. 6, 2019 during the 49th SPE Automotive Innovation Awards Gala.
Associate Editor, CompositesWorld
Aircraft and autos have indeed faced CFRP production woes, but new tech opens door for both.
A team of automotive researchers are engaged in a four-year project with goals of building a lighter, 100% recyclable, carbon fiber-reinforced thermoplastic door.
A company’s bio-based, polyamide composite comes with a unique property profile that may help it carve a niche in automotive applications.
The composites industry, in general, continued to show health and growth, powered particularly by the aerospace, automotive and wind energy sectors.
Highlights from the December 2018 Carbon Fiber conference include industry leader predictions about commoditization of composites, next-generation aircraft and automotive.
The 1,500-square-meter expansion to the Brilon, Germany facility increases production of the continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites by 50%.
Associate Editor, CompositesWorld
Audi, Airbus and Italdesign Pop.Up Next model flies and drives at Amsterdam Drone Week.
Project leads to development of new compression process for selective application of D-LFT on UD tape laminates.
The 2018 AVK Innovation Awards were presented at the International Composites Congress (ICC) on Nov 5, chosen from more than 50 submissions.
Multifunctional chassis design and novel composites processes enable lighter, longer-range, safer electric vehicles.
CW Editor Jeff Sloan predicts a tipping point for autocomposites after attending this year’s Society of Plastics Engineers’ Automotive Composites Conference and Exhibition (SPE ACCE).