NetComposites
Thermwood

GE Opens First Centre of Excellence for Automotive Solutions

27 May 2005

GE has opened a Automotive Centre of Excellence in Michigan, which will be dedicated to providing new material technologies and solutions to the automotive industry of the future.

The new Centre of Excellence was designed around GE's portfolio of automotive-related businesses, including GE Advanced Materials, GE Infrastructure, GE Energy, GE Commercial Finance, and GE Fleet. By housing all its businesses with an automotive focus in the same area, GE hopes to create what it refers to as “a cultural revolution in an environment that allows information to flow seamlessly across the different organizations.”

A spokesperson for GE suggested that the Centre will look at developing new materials using existing FRP thermoplastic materials and processes. Examples of material developments will include developing the High Modulus Ductile (HMD) and High Performance ThermoPlastic Composites (HPPC) from GE Advanced Materials (pictured).

""The automotive industry is a key target growth area for GE and where some of our most valued customers do business,"" said Gregory A. Adams, vice president, GE Advanced Materials, Automotive. ""Our global experience and expertise in marketing, sales, and technology provide the tools to help our customers, and GE, drive the auto industry forward. Now, with our new Centre of Excellence, GE staff worldwide can share ideas and work together more effectively to provide new global solutions for automotive customers in Detroit.""

The centre will also integrate an Automotive Centre of Excellence exhibition area highlighting innovations across all the businesses. It also features an application technology area where GE engineers and marketing experts can collaborate on the development of applications of the future for the auto industry. In addition, the location hosts a new state-of-the-art conference centre, built to reflect the legacy and values of GE.





Share this story


Related / You might like...

AMRC Works With Prodrive to Accelerate Composites Recycling Challenge

One of the most respected and successful names in motorsport is working with lightweighting and materials researchers at the AMRC to advance its processes for manufacturing recyclable composite components that extend useful lifetimes and reduce tooling costs.

‘Inspired from Life, We Reinforce Life’ Says Kordsa’s New Campaign

Kordsa, operating in tire, construction reinforcement and composites technologies market with its mission ‘We Reinforce Life’, has launched a new campaign with the slogan ‘Inspired from life, we reinforce life’.

Chomarat Invests in its Coatings & Films Business: New Extruder, New Graining Line

Chomarat is developing its Coatings & Films business at its French sites. The Group has just acquired an extruder and a graining line to increase its production capacities and develop new, more efficient solutions, particularly in the field of TPO (polyolefin thermoplastics).