Paris -- Magna Exteriors and Interiors and Zoltek Cos Inc., the largest producer of commercial carbon fibre, have announced an exclusive global partnership to develop low-cost carbon fibre sheet moulding compounds (SMC). The companies made an official announcement at the 2012 JEC Composites Show in Paris, in March.
The newly developed carbon fibre SMC material will use Zoltek's Panex 35 commercial carbon fibre combined with Magna's unique EpicBlendSMC sheet moulding compound formulations and production expertise.
The new material named, EpicBlend SMC EB CFS-Z, will allow Magna to offer an expanded range of lightweight parts and sub-systems for automotive, commercial truck and other markets. Additionally, Magna Exteriors and Interiors will be able to offer the EB CFS-Z sheet-moulding compound for sale directly to moulders.
"With this collaboration, we now have a strong partner in the development of carbon fibre SMC, said Bob Brownlee, president of Magna Exteriors and Interiors, in a company announcement. "This partnership further positions our company to produce and deliver light weight products that help our customers meet the demand for more cost-effective energy efficient solutions."