NetComposites
Thermwood

WMG Adopts Surface Generation Technologies to Develop Lightweight Automotive Components

21 January 2014

WMG Adopts Surface Generation Technologies to Develop Lightweight Automotive Components

Surface Generation states that WMG at the University of Warwick has adopted its advanced composite processing technologies to develop new manufacturing techniques for lightweight, carbon fibre reinforced vehicle body architectures.

According to Surface Generation, WMG, funded by the Technology Strategy Board, is using Surface Generation’s patented Production to Functional Specifications (PtFS) process as part of a major collaborative project to produce body panels quickly and economically for high-volume premium automotive vehicles.

Geraint Williams, Project Manager at WMG, comments “Surface Generation’s technologies deliver a real step change for automotive thermoplastic components.  The PtFS process is quicker and more efficient than traditional approaches and unlocks a significant market opportunity for affordable, lightweight carbon-fibre reinforced components for vehicles at the top end of the high volume automotive market.”

Ben Halford, Chief Executive at Surface Generation, comments “We are delighted to be working with WMG to expand the use of PtFS within the automotive sector.  With the involvement of a major UK automotive player the project has the potential to revolutionise mass-market automotive production, making vehicles stronger, safer and more fuel efficient.  PtFS is far quicker and more energy efficient than traditional techniques, and provides the key for enabling viable volume production of vehicles utilising carbon-fibre for the first time.”

Photo provided by Surface Generation





Share this story


Related / You might like...

GM Recognises CSP and Teijin with Distinctive Innovation Award

Continental Structural Plastics (CSP), along with its parent company Teijin, were honoured by General Motors with the automakers Innovation Award at its 27th Annual Supplier of the Year awards ceremony held in Warren, Michigan, US.

Carboman Group and Eviation Aircraft Showcase Carbon Fibre Fuselage

Carboman Group (Carboman) announces that it is collaborating with Eviation Aircraft, on Eviation’s ‘Alice’ - an all-electric aircraft structure that will debut at the 53rd Paris Air Show in Le Bourget.  

The Diversity of Long-fibre-reinforced Thermoplastics as an Opportunity for Industry

The product portfolio of BÜFA Thermoplastic Composites continues to grow.