Carbon Fibers

Toyota awards Toyoda Gosei for composite hydrogen tank development

CFRP and GFRP tank makes an appearance on the 2021 Toyota Mirai, with a minimized pressure-resistant layer for 10% increased storage and a cruise range extension.


BASF, Toyota collaborate for 2021 Sienna lightweighting

The 2021 Toyota Sienna features third row free-standing seatbacks and a 30% weight reduction with BASF’s 35% glass-reinforced polyamide PA6 grade Ultramid.


Composites feature in Altair’s 8th Annual Enlighten Awards

Recognized jointly with the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), winners represent the world’s best initiatives to reduce vehicle weight and meet emissions targets.

Carbon Fibers

Innovative pressurized hydrogen storage for integrated vehicle structures using composites

Chained tubular storage tanks using semi-finished thermoplastic composite products offer flat designs aimed at easy integration into universal vehicle architectures.


Composites fare well at 2020 PACE Awards

This year’s automotive supplier award winners included composite bumper beam, liftgate and pickup box applications.  


The evolution of composites in NASCAR

The growing role of carbon fiber in stock car racing.


Toyota and Hino agree to develop heavy-duty fuel cell truck using composite storage tanks

Type IV tanks will help provide 600-kilometer range and meet commercial vehicle requirements

Natural Fibers

Covestro provides sustainable composite material for Toyota electric concept car

Components of the Toyota LQ will be made from a new kenaf fiber-reinforced polyurethane foam composite material.

Mass Transit

TRB Lightweight Structures, Toyota form JV for high-volume composite parts for EVs

The new venture has opened a U.S. location and will begin delivering composite battery enclosures to a Tier 1 supplier to the truck and bus industry this year.


TRB Lightweight Structures to open U.S. manufacturing facility

The facility in Richmond, Ky. will focus on high-volume production of automotive components using TRB’s robotics-assisted press-forming process.


Modeling & Simulation Conference: Desiloing the Design Process

Dassault event challenges industry to break barriers between designers, analysts, manufacturing and business teams.


2019 SPE Automotive Innovation Awards winners announced

Among the winners and finalists, a wide range of technologies demonstrate composites’ benefits for ground transportation.

Composites 2020: A Multitude of Markets

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.


Scheurer Swiss supplies 3D printed parts for racecar engine

A Swiss engineering company used 3D-printing to quickly produce carbon fiber-reinforced composite engine parts for the Toyota FT-60.

Carbon Fibers

U.K. research program explores aligned discontinuous fiber prepreg

A research program in the U.K. is attempting to achieve a fundamental step-change in the composites industry.


AZL production system wins JEC Innovation Award

AZL’s UItra-Fast Consolidator Machine, winner of the JEC Innovation Award 2019 for Industry/Equipment, will be the subject of further research into commercialization of the machine.


JEC Innovation Awards winners announced at JEC World 2019

Eleven winning innovations were chosen, out of the thirty finalists that had been previously selected from more than 100 applications from all over the world.


JEC World 2019 preview: AZL Aachen

The Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) is part of the Composites in Action display at JEC Group (5/D17) where it is featuring its Ultra-Fast Consolidator Machine, which is one of three finalists for the JEC Award 2019 in the category of Industry and Equipment.

Carbon Fibers

Going discontinuous, for continuous improvement

The HiPerDiF (High Performance Discontinuous Fibre) project is exploring an alternate way of producing high-performance carbon fiber composites: start with discontinuous, rather than continuous fibers.


Composites 2019: A multitude of markets

The composites industry, in general, continued to show health and growth, powered particularly by the aerospace, automotive and wind energy sectors.


Composite pickup box drives expansion of CSP’s Huntington, IN plant

The new expansion is where commercial production will begin next spring on the CarbonPro composite pickup box for top-of-the-line GMC Sierra Denali pickups.


Fast manufacturing of tailored composite blanks

AZL and 12 partner companies have completed a research project to develop a new machine prototype allowing increased speed for manufacturing tailored composite blanks.

Energy Storage

Plant Tour: Agility Fuel Solutions, Salisbury, NC, US

This systems integrator enables CFRP pressure vessel growth in commercial vehicles by combining composites and alternative fuel systems expertise.

Carbon Fibers

Lexus concept yacht opens door for production version

Lexus Sport Yacht concept recognized with a special award by Japan’s “Boat of the Year” committee at the Japan International Boat Show.   

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