Magna Exteriors

A global, world-class molding, painting and assembly supplier. Designs and manufactures fascia and trim; liftgate and exterior modules; front-end modules; active aerodynamic products; and lightweight composite components for automotive, commercial transportation, consumer and industrial markets.

750 Tower Dr.
Troy, MI 48098 US

Magna International


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IACMI SMC Workshop: From What to Why
Introductory course teaches students about composition, characteristics, benefits of sheet-molding compound.

Automotive exterior systems, China, liftgates, composites

Magna produces lightweight, composite liftgates and active aerodynamic grille shutters in China
Innovations help lower emission and improve fuel economy for fast-growing market.

2019 North American International Auto Show: An unclear future for autocomposites?
Columnist Dale Brosius reflects on the insights — and lack thereof — he gained into current and upcoming autocomposites at 2019’s North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).

Innovation in SMC: A long history and great potential
Manufacturer’s representative Steve Brown reflects on the history of sheet molding compound (SMC) development and lessons he has learned from working with companies through the process.

Automotive Innovation Awards

48th auto-plastics competition highlights changing industry
Additive manufacturing, autonomous vehicles, greener parts featured prominently.

carbon fiber unidirectional tape, automotive

The markets: Automotive (2019)
As the global auto industry hurtles toward its confrontation with US fuel economy and European Union (EU) emissions standards in 2017, the pressure built to find more radical solutions to lightweighting.

composites and advanced materials

2018 CAMX Award finalists announced
The winning entries will be announced and presented during the General Session at CAMX on Tuesday, Oct.16 in Dallas, TX, US.

Automotive tipping point?
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).

thermoplastic composite liftgate

Recyclable thermoplastic composites liftgates offer weight savings
Magna to launch two more thermoplastic liftgates this year. 


Magna recognized at 2018 SPE Automotive Awards
Magna received three first-place awards at the 2018 Society of Plastics Engineers Automotive Awards gala in recognition of its lightweighting efforts enabled by advanced materials.

Magna Composites Center of Excellence

Magna launches Germany-based Composites Center of Excellence
The new Composites Center of Excellence aims to help European automakers meet emissions requirements with lightweight structures and exterior components made of advanced materials.

SMC in transportation

SMC: Old dog, more tricks
In the sheet molding compound renaissance, the advent of new resins and compounds are broadening the definition and application of this versatile family of composites.

JEC 2017 – Aiming for Industrialization
The exhibit floor in Paris reflected composites’ move toward high-rate and high-volume production.

composite sub-frame

Magna develops prototype carbon fiber composite subframe
Concept design yields 34 percent mass reduction; 87 percent reduction in number of parts.

 Laura Littlejohn, a scientist at Ashland LLC

SMC: Old dog, new tricks
A sheet molding compound renaissance highlights new reinforcements, new fillers, new matrices, new opportunities.

2016 Jeep Wrangler

Composites in Class A body panels: Evolution continues
Low-density SMCs lead the way as fiber-reinforced polymers make headway in auto components that must please the eye.

How do we integrate composite into the auto supply chain?
I am attending this week (Sept. 7-9) the Society of Plastics Engineers’ (SPE) Automotive Composites Conference and Exhibition (ACCE) in the Detroit suburb of Novi, MI, US.

carbon fiber, prepreg, epoxy prepreg, composites

The matrix
The matrix binds the fiber reinforcement, gives the composite component its shape and determines its surface quality. A composite matrix may be a polymer, ceramic, metal or carbon. Here’s a guide to selection.

carbon fiber

Fiber reinforcement forms
Fibers used to reinforce composites are supplied directly by fiber manufacturers and indirectly by converters in a number of different forms, which vary depending on the application. Here's a guide to what's available.

Magna manufactures carbon fiber hood for Cadillac
The carbon fiber composite hood for the Cadillac CTS-V and ATS-V is 27% lighter than aluminum hoods and 72% lighter than steel hoods.

Autocomposites Update: Engine oil pans
As thermoplastic composites makes inroads into these complex, modular parts, weight and cost go down, functionality goes up.

Product Categories of Magna Exteriors

Composite Structures & Components
  • Automotive, body panels & substructures
  • Automotive, underhood
  • Carbon/carbon composites