12 April 2012 10:00 [Source: ICIS news]
Dow Automotive Systems, a unit of US-based Dow Chemical, and Ford have signed a joint development agreement to establish “an economical source of automotive-grade carbon fibre and develop component manufacturing methods for high-volume automotive applications,” Ford said in a statement.
The research partnership is aimed at implementing carbon fibre components on new Ford cars and trucks by 2020, in an effort to meet new fuel efficiency standards of more than 50 miles per gallon and extending the range of plug-in vehicles.
“This partnership with Ford on carbon fibre composites is a logical next step to progress [from what has been] already achieved through the use of lightweight, high-strength polymers and structural bonding technology," said Florian Schattenmann, director of research and development for Dow Automotive Systems.
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