02 April 2013
02 April 2013
Magna Exteriors and Interiors (MEI) together with strategic development partner Zoltek, is providing carbon fibre composite parts and systems for high-volume automotive applications to support automakers' lightweighting initiatives.
MEI and Zoltek, a producer of commercial carbon fibre, have developed a low-cost carbon fibre sheet moulding compound (SMC) through an exclusive global partnership. The jointly developed carbon fibre SMC material uses Zoltek's Panex 35 commercial carbon fibre combined with Magna's EpicBlendSMC formulations and production expertise.
The material, named EpicBlendSMC EB CFS-Z, is part of MEI's EpicBlendSMC product line and allows Magna to offer global manufacturers an expanded range of lightweight parts, sub-systems and semi-structural applications for automotive as well as commercial truck and other markets. Additionally, the EB CFS-Z sheet moulding compound is for sale directly to moulders through MEI.
MEI has recently won new business for a semi-structural component based on its EB CFS-Z SMC technology. Furthermore, one of Magna's SMC compounding facilities has installed proprietary SMC production equipment that is optimized to compound Zoltek's Panex 35 carbon fibre. Together, MEI and Zoltek have extensive core manufacturing capabilities to serve customers in both North America and Europe, minimizing the cost and need to import carbon fibre or precursor materials into these markets.
"We are working with global OEMs every day to develop lightweight solutions that help meet the increased fuel economy and decreased emissions of future vehicle programs," said Mike Andrews, VP of Operations, Magna Exteriors and Interiors. "With our EB CFS-Z SMC technology, we are now meeting the requirements for high-volume applications that call for low-cost, high-performance carbon fibre materials."
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