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.
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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 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.
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.
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.).
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.
Gary Lownsdale, chief technology office at Plasan Carbon Composites, has been named the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award winner by the Automotive Div. of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) and will be honored in November.
Besides adding 202 jobs to West Michigan, a new carbon fiber composite plant for automotive parts could mean a pioneering workforce in the state. Plasan Carbon Composites’ formally announced its opening of a new plant in Walker on Tuesday...
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