US Cytec, Jaguar Land Rover to develop composites for automobiles

13 August 2012 22:32  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Cytec Industries and Jaguar Land Rover plan to develop designs, materials and manufacturing concepts for using composites materials in automobiles, the US-based company said on Monday.

Cytec said the collaboration with the luxury vehicle manufacturer is part of its strategic plan to grow its presence in high-performance industrial markets.

Carbon fibre-based composites, which have been widely used in the aerospace industry for building lighter aircraft, are increasingly being used to raise fuel efficiency in cars and trucks.

According to the company, recent aircraft designs by companies such as Boeing and Airbus have increase the amount of composites used by 5-10%, in some cases reaching approximately 50% of the total weight of the aircraft.

“We are excited about this opportunity to develop composite materials for high-volume serial automotive vehicles and are pleased to partner in this initiative with Jaguar Land Rover, which is know for its excellence in technological and design innovations,” Cytec president and CEO Shane Fleming said in a statement.

“The use of carbon fibre-based structural composites will play an instrumental role in reducing vehicle weight and greatly lowering CO2 [carbon dioxide] emissions and fuel consumption,” Fleming said.

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