Engineering the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette

After six decades of experimentation and concept-car teasing, GM acknowledged that the new Stingray will enter production before year’s end. The truly shocking announcement is a base price less than $60,000, barely $4,000 more than today’s front-engine C7.
Two key C7 body-systems suppliers return to C8. According to GM engineers, Continental Structural Plastics supplies the primary molded-SMC exterior panels, while the car’s triangular engine-bay panels are sourced from Plasan Carbon Composites.

Plasan to Produce First Composite Boarding Technologies for Amtrak

Plasan Carbon Composites (PCC), a leading supplier of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) components for the transportation market, announced Friday that it has been awarded a contract to produce the first composite ramps and bridgeplates for Amtrak.

Ripple Effects: West Michigan auto suppliers capitalize on push for advanced technologies

As the automotive industry pursues cutting-edge technological breakthroughs in autonomous driving and vehicle electrification, West Michigan suppliers must ensure they’re not left behind.

Lifelong Learning Across the State of Michigan

Integrative Systems + Design (ISD) is a useful resource for businesses across the state of Michigan and around the globe. ISD offers a full portfolio of professional development courses, specializing in lean, Six Sigma, leadership, and engineering across an array of sectors, including healthcare, manufacturing, and service.

Lacks and Plasan Carbon Composites to Sponsor and Present at Global Automotive Lightweight Materials (GALM) Summit in Detroit

Lacks and Plasan Carbon Composites to sponsor and present at Global Automotive Lightweight Materials Summit, August 23-25, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. Partners to introduce new hybrid composite wheel.

Plasan Carbon Composites Success Story

See how The Right Place assisted Plasan Carbon Composites as they made the decision the locate their new production facility in West Michigan. This expansion brought 822 new job and $47.05M in new investment to the region.

Plasan prepares for growth in West Michigan as automotive demand for carbon fiber grows

Plasan Carbon Composites Inc. manufactures carbon fiber automotive components at its 198,000-square-foot production facility in Walker, Mich. The company, which also has a customer development center in Wixom, supplies various body panels and components for platforms such as the Chevrolet Corvette, pictured, and Dodge Viper. In recent years, Plasan has scaled up its production in Walker as it’s perfected a proprietary carbon fiber molding process that cuts cycle times per piece down to about 20 minutes.

Plasan Demos Rapid-Cure Composites Manufacturing for Automotive

Working with partners Globe Machine Manufacturing and Weber Manufacturing, Plasan has developed a 17-minute, non-autoclave manufacturing process for the production of carbon fiber composite structures with Class A surfaces for automotive applications.

GM is First Automaker to Use Class A CFRP Parts From New Pressure-Press Technology

On Jan. 14, General Motors Co. (GM, Detroit, Mich.) introduced its 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray reboot at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS, Detroit, Mich.). Returning to the iconic Stingray name badge for the first time since it was retired in 1976, the new baseline Corvette is also the first production car to feature structural, Class A carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) body panels produced via a new out-of-autoclave “pressure-press” technology. Invented by Plasan Carbon Composites (Bennington, Vt.), the process relies on equipment developed and built by Globe Machine Manufacturing Co. (Tacoma, Wash.).

Finalists named for SPE’s 2012 auto innovation awards

The Society of Plastics Engineers Automotive Division has named the finalists for its 2012 Automotive Innovation Awards. Winners will be named during a dinner and evening awards ceremony Nov. 7 in Livonia, Mich.

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