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Magna International Inc. (Aurora, ON) has been awarded a contract to supply painted automotive body panels made from carbon fiber composite material for two 2016 model-year vehicles.Group company Magna Exteriors has successfully advanced its capabilities to the point where it can now produce class-A carbon fiber composite body panels at the production rates needed for the automotive industry.

PlasticsToday Staff

April 23, 2014

8 Min Read
Magna to manufacture class-A carbon fiber composite body panels

 Magna International Inc. (Aurora, ON) has been awarded a contract to supply painted automotive body panels made from carbon fiber composite material for two 2016 model-year vehicles.

Group company Magna Exteriors has successfully advanced its capabilities to the point where it can now produce class-A carbon fiber composite body panels at the production rates needed for the automotive industry.

This effort followed the successful collaboration between Magna and carbon fiber supplier Zoltek (St. Louis, MO) to develop CFS-Z carbon fiber sheet molding compound. Magna now offers global manufacturers a complete range of lightweight composite parts, sub-systems and semi-structural applications for automotive as well as commercial truck and other markets.

“With our unique formulations and production expertise, we’ve been able to take our carbon fiber processing and know-how to the next level – that being outer body panels,” said Tom Pilette, Vice President of Product and Process Development for Magna Exteriors. “By continuing to develop vehicle parts and systems with cutting-edge materials, we are able to assist our customers meet fuel-economy and emissions standards for their cars and trucks.”

 

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