17 March 2015
17 March 2015
BMW has selected Exel Composites as a technology partner to develop next generation carbon fibre reinforced parts for passenger cars.
BMW has been investing in the development of lighter and more fuel-efficient vehicles for a number of years and Exel claims it is the first car-manufacturer using carbon fibre technologies for serial production in their i3 and i8 models.
According to Exel, the co-operation agreement covers the development and delivery of complex carbon and carbon/glass hybrid profiles for automotive applications. The value of the agreement is not disclosed. “We are extremely pleased to start co-operation with BMW. It is in line with our growth strategy to penetrate new applications and market segments. Exel Composites has a long and successful history in the development of innovative high-quality products for example the transportation industry. I am confident that the co-operation will be beneficial to both parties,” says Mr. Kari Loukola, SVP Sales and Marketing of Exel Composites.
The Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) and the Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) at RWTH Aachen University are commencing a study into the use of thermoplastic tapes in injection moulded parts. Companies interested in joining the study are invited to a kick-off event during Fakuma 2018 in Friedrichshafen, Germany, on 18 October.
ZSK will hold its bi-annual technology showcase on 21-22 September 2018 at its Krefeld, Germany, headquarters. The Embroidery Technology Show assembles more than 25 exhibitors from around the world to discuss emerging trends in the embroidery manufacturing industry and demonstrate the latest products produced using techniques such as tailored fibre placement (TFP) or smart textiles.
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