24 October 2002
24 October 2002
Advanced Composites Group has provided ZPREG carbon fibre material for the exterior body, structural assemblies and interior trim of the new Invicta S1, manufactured by ITS Ltd and launched at the British International Motor Show 2002.
ZPREG has given Invicta the opportunity to reduce the weight, manufacturing time and cost of the S1 by introducing design integration opportunities, flexibility of styling and integrated body systems that would traditionally have been separate components,.
ZPREG saves around 70% of the weight of a similar steel panel, reducing the vehicle’s fuel consumption and CO2 emissions and is claimed to offer a reduction of up to 90% in manufacturing time compared with traditional carbon fibre systems and cures in conventional automotive ovens
The technology is applied equally to body panel systems and vehicle structures, without the need for the very high laminator skill level that is required typically in the aerospace and motorsport industries. Coupled with composite tooling, having a lead time of between 8-12 weeks for production tools, provides the technology to produce vehicles in the tens of thousands per year cheaper and lighter than any traditional metal design.
Solvay has signed a ten-year agreement for the supply of composites and adhesives to be used across Bell's military and commercial rotorcraft programmes, including the Bell 429, 407, 505, 525, V-22, and UH-1.
SGL Carbon and Fraunhofer IGCV have officially opened the Fibre Placement Centre (FPC) at SGL's site in Meitingen, Germany. Compositence, BA Composites and the Chair for Carbon Composites at the Technical University of Munich have also joined the alliance, and Coriolis Group and Cevotec are planning to come on board as partners.
Fibrelite reports that since the start of its partnership with Trenwa more than 100 precast trench systems integrating Fibrelite composite covers have been sold for use in electrical substations, wastewater treatment plants, chemical refineries and many other applications across North America.