Automotive Composites

Composites have long been used in autos and trucks, primarily under the hood and in interiors. Carbon fiber has been used in high-performance vehicles for many years, and now new high-speed manufacturing technology is allowing carbon fiber to move into production vehicles.
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Index sees gradual start to 2019 on slow new orders growth

The Composites Business Index moved lower in the first month of 2019, with slowed growth in new orders.

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Index moves higher as five of six indicators report expansion

The GBI: Composites Fabricating Index registers a 55.1 reading for December 2018, pulled higher by supplier deliveries, production, new orders and employment.

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JEC World 2019 preview: Fraunhofer IPT

Fraunhofer Institutes for Production Technology (IPT, Aachen, Germany, 5/D17) is emphasizing work it did with Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology (ILT, Aachen) on the EU research project ComMUnion, in collaboration with 14 partners from industry, to develop industrial processes and solutions for hybrid lightweight design by combining metal and polymer-matrix composites for automotive and aerospace applications.