Magna, Zoltek use carbon fibre to produce lighter auto parts

Sheet molding compound can also be used to produce sub-systems and semi-structural applications.

PARIS — Magna International Inc.’s Exteriors and Interiors (MEI) operating unit and strategic development partner Zoltek Companies Inc. have developed a low-cost carbon fibre sheet moulding compound (SMC) to produce lightweight parts, subsystems and semi-structural applications for the automotive industry.

The material, calleded EpicBlendSMC EB CFS-Z, is made from Zoltek’s Panex 35 commercial carbon fibre and Magna’s EpicBlendSMC formulations.

Magna Exteriors and Interiors Corp., an operating unit of Magna International, is a full-service global supplier of automotive exterior and interior systems. It designs, engineers and manufactures front- and rear-end fascia systems; exterior trim; class A composite panels; top systems; under hood and underbody components; structural components; sidewall and trim systems; cockpit systems; cargo management systems; and overhead systems for automotive, commercial truck, consumer, and industrial markets.

Zoltek develops and manufactures carbon fibres for various applications including automotive, wind energy, infrastucture, offshore drilling and CNG/pressure vessels. The company sells its commercial grade carbon fibers under the PANEX brand name and oxidized acrylic fiber under the PYRON trade name.