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Commitment to carbon
Sunday, 26 April 2015

Ford and DowAksa are intensifying their joint development of cost-effective, high-volume manufacturing methods for automotive-grade carbon fibre.

A new agreement will combine DowAksa's feedstock capacity, carbon fibre conversion and downstream intermediates production capabilities with Ford's expertise in design, engineering and high-volume manufacturing.

The companies are looking to collaboratively generate new, lower-cost automotive grades of carbon fibre that can be applied to aligned and random fibre formats while maintaining compatibility with both thermoset and thermoplastic matrices. The agreement also includes a pathway for potential extension of development collaboration into a commercial manufacturing partnership.