Carbon Fibers

Kordsa supplies carbon fiber fabric for TRB EV battery enclosure production

Kordsa’s supply of carbon fiber fabric offers additional electric vehicle lightweighting opportunities for TRB Lightweight Structures. 


Workhorse receives purchase order for all-electric, composite body delivery vehicle series

Purchase order for 6,320 C-Series delivery vehicles marks Workhorses’ largest individual order to date and expands its sales channel internationally into Canada.


Agility Prime completes Joby eVTOL airworthiness evaluation report

The U.S. Air Force’s initiative to accelerate the vertical aircraft market lays the groundwork for the use of Joby’s eVTOL equipment for military missions.


Automotive market report predicts 17% decrease in global production in 2020

Data and market analysis company Inovev estimates that 15 million fewer vehicles have been produced in 2020 compared to 2019.


Report finds that renewable energy is cost-competitive with traditional power

A joint 2020 Nuclear Energy Agency and International Energy Agency study reports that levelized costs of renewable and nuclear energy generation are falling below that of fossil fuels.


Hybrid electric vehicle market report indicates steady, upward growth

As carbon dioxide emission regulations become stricter across the world, HEV sales show an increasingly upward trend, with expectations to peak at $792 billion by 2027.

Glass Fibers

CSP Advanced Materials Center unveils composite battery enclosure and material innovations

Transition into broader R&D capabilities include honeycomb manufacturing process for ultra-lightweight Class A panels and a full-sized, multi-material battery enclosure featuring a one-piece composite cover.


Toray, Joby Aviation finalize long-term carbon fiber supply agreement

Toray carbon fiber materials will be used throughout the eVTOL aircraft structure, propulsion systems and interior components, with hopes to bring it to commercial operation as early as 2023.


Samad Aerospace eVTOL aircraft completes successful flight test

The successful test ensured the all-electric e-Starling’s CTOL flight capabilities and achieved an essential step toward its VTOL aircraft development.


Episode 35: Lisa Ketelsen, Covestro

CW Talks visits with Lisa Ketelsen, head of thermoplastic composites and CEO of Maezio at Covestro. Ketelsen talks about her path to Covestro and the Maezio product line, Maezio’s attributes and applications, and how she sees thermoplastic composites evolving in the marketplace.

VoltAero receives EU funding for hybrid-electric aircraft development

An initial €2.1 million grant and a possible equity portion of up to €11 million will keep the project on track to meet its goal of initiating deliveries of production-version Cassio airplanes in 2023. 


AZL, EconCore, Audi partner to develop composite battery casings

A new project aims to identify potential opportunities and challenges for composite materials within the electric vehicle battery enclosure market.

Urban Air Mobility

Honeywell brings UAM fuel cell expertise in-house

After setting up a business dedicated to urban air mobility, and opening a dedicated R&D lab, Honeywell has now acquired the assets of fuel cell manufacturer Ballard Unmanned Systems.

Glass Fibers

Composites help offset battery weight for electric waste trucks

Fraunhofer IWS develops cost-effective joining of aluminum frames and fiber glass-reinforced thermoplastic panels.


Bercella carbon fiber bodywork meets aesthetics, aerodynamics and performance

The Italy-based company collaborated with Romeo Ferraris on the design and production of the new, all-electric Alfa Romeo Giulia ETCR car to compete in the 2021 Pure ETCR.


Lux Research suggests BEVs will rely less on lightweighting by 2030

In order for lightweighting to be a cost-effective solution against batteries by 2030, Lux determines it will need to cost less than $5/kilogram of weight saved.

Altitude Aerospace supports composite door development for Alice aircraft

A contract was awarded by Potez Aéronautique to aid in Eviation’s all-electric, composites-driven aircraft program, Alice. The partnership will reinforce both companies’ past program collaborations.

Carbon Fibers

Plasan aims to launch high-volume carbon fiber body applications

Plasan Carbon Composites is targeting next-generation electric vehicle applications with its lightweight, CFRP body structure design. 


Creative Composites supplies SMC parts for zero-emission vehicles

Chosen for SMC’s range of benefits, Creative Composites has currently manufactured SMC front fenders and doors, designed to offer longevity, flexibility and robustness against everyday dents and knocks.


Joint venture aims for large-scale fuel-cell production

The Volvo Group and Daimler Trucks AG aim to develop, produce and commercialize fuel-cell systems for primary use in heavy-duty trucks, and other applications to hit 2050 climate-neutrality goals. 


Polestar announces production plans for natural composites-intensive BEV

The Precept battery electric vehicle, developed by Volvo’s Polestar brand, is said to feature Bcomp interior and exterior flax fiber composite panels.

Mass Transit

Arrival announces plans to establish first U.S. microfactory

The South Carolina-based microfactory will be the London-based company’s approach to bring down the cost of electric vehicles and accelerate mass adoption. Operations are expected to begin Q2 2021.


Teijin joins AZL Partner Network

Participation with the cross-industry network’s upcoming multi-material battery casing project and will accelerate Teijin’s automotive composites expertise. 


EconCore announces partnership for sustainable car concept project

Dubbed Luca, the concept car incorporates EconCore’s recycled PET honeycomb cores, as well as other waste materials including horse hair, coconut fiber, flax and plastic bottles.

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