06 June 2017
06 June 2017
Gurit has won a new contract for the production and supply of carbon fibre exterior body panels to an Italian premium automotive OEM.
The two-year contract is worth around CHF9 million and supplies are scheduled to start in January 2018.
As part of the contract, Gurit will supply carbon fibre-based hoods and further exterior body panels for the high performance car. The parts will be manufactured with Gurit's patented press technology and are based on a new material and design concept. Gurit's Composite Engineering department was involved in the structural design of the parts, including finite element analysis (FEA) for mechanical loading performance and head impact predictions.
The parts will be produced at Gurit's Hungarian plant.
Project 12 has collaborated with Total Composite Solutions (TCS), the UK partner of Microtex, on automotive OEM projects for bespoke carbon parts.
Continental Structural Plastics (CSP) will install a sheet moulding compound (SMC) production line at its facility in Pouance, France, to support the need for its composite formulations in Europe.
Premium Aerotec, Faurecia Clean Mobility and Solvay have launched the research group IRG CosiMo: Composites for Sustainable Mobility, which will focus on the development of materials and process technologies to enable the high volume production of thermoplastic composites for the aerospace and automotive markets.