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

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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.

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

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

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.

The matrix (2017)
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.

Fiber reinforcement forms (2017)
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.

Magna presents results of multimaterial testing in concept car
Magna's multimaterial lightweight vehicle (MMLV) concept, developed with Ford, shows 16% improvement in global warming potential and 16% improvement in total primary energy.

The matrix (2015)
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.

SPE ACCE report
Automotive composites still on the horizon — are they getting closer?

Magna International producing composite liftgate
The liftgate assembly is being produced for BMW's i3 model.

Continental Structural Plastics to acquire Magna's composites business
Continental Structural Plastics (CSP) will acquire five Magna Exteriors plants in North Carolina, Indiana and Mexico and become the world's largest sheet molding compound (SMC) fabricator.

Magna begins production of all-thermoplastic liftgate
The liftgate for the 2014 Nissan Rogue is said to be the North American auto industry's first all-thermoplastic, composite, fully recyclable liftgate module.

Magna to manufacture carbon fiber composite body panels
Magna International's Magna Exteriors unit has won work to supply painted automotive body panels made with carbon fiber composites for two 2016 model year vehicles.

Magna debuts lightweight, natural gas-powered concept car
Magna's MILA Blue is the seventh concept vehicle in the MILA family and emphasizes use of composites and other lightweight materials, along with a natural gas-powered engine, to produce less than 49g CO2/km.

Automotive, going forward?
CT editor-in-chief Jeff Sloan asks when, if and how composites professionals will be ready to meet the challenges of significant use of carbon fiber composites in automobiles.

Product Categories of Magna Exteriors

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