Cars are a major source of global pollution – and consequently also represent a challenging potential for reduction of CO2 emissions. Composites have been used by car manufacturers for several decades primarily to reduce chassis weight in Formula racers and extreme sport cars. The great potential energy gain, however, is found in components where composites can deliver reduced weight, increased user convenience and more efficient interaction with other functions. Doors, seats, dashboard panels and bumpers are some examples.
From our dialogue with car manufacturers, we also understand that composites are likely to offer a set of advantages from a producer’s point of view – e.g. reduced lead times due to less assembly work. If you happen to be in the automotive industry, please contact us for some interesting conversation.