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Audi and Voith partner to expand use of fiber-reinforced plastics in cars

Audi and Voith GmbH are partnering to develop automated production of fiber-reinforced materials for use in future automotive projects. Aiming for lightweight construction and efficiency, the automaker wants to expand usage of fiber-reinforced polymers that have already been applied in the Audi R8 and the Audi RS 3.

PlasticsToday Staff

February 21, 2011

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Audi and Voith partner to expand use of fiber-reinforced plastics in cars

Audi and Voith GmbH are partnering to develop automated production of fiber-reinforced materials for use in future automotive projects. Aiming for lightweight construction and efficiency, the automaker wants to expand usage of fiber-reinforced polymers that have already been applied in the Audi R8 and the Audi RS 3.

Voith GmbH has used CFRP (carbon fiber-reinforced polymer) in industrial plant design, including lightweight construction components in paper machines or in drive engineering. One area the companies will investigate involves what they call environmentally-compatible fiber composite materials.

Audi has been actively developing composite technology for wider use in automotive production at its Neckarsulm, Germany site where it has a technical research unit for fiber-reinforced polymers that is connected to the lightweight design center. Fiber-composite polymers will continue to gain importance in the material mix within the structure of the automobile. One focus of the partnership with Voith will be to realize the potential of fiber-reinforced materials within automotive architecture.

Audi Group sold 1,092,400 Audi brand cars in 2010, posting revenue of €29.8 billion and an operating profit of €1.6 billion in 2009. Audi produces vehicles in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm, Germany; Gyor, Hungary; Changchun, China; and Brussels, Belgium. Aurangabad, India began CKD production of the Audi A6 at the end of 2007 and the Audi A4 in early October 2008, with the Audi Q5 starting in July 2010.

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