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IACMI and the lightweighting processes for the automotive sector

IACMI produced the first large injection molded automotive prototype made with low-cost textile-grade carbon fiber

The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI – The Composites Institute showcased) composites innovations in lightweighting for the automotive sector at the JEC Group's Composites Pavilion at the 2019 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) January 14 – 17, 2019.

IACMI – The Composites Institute, a national public private partnership comprised of 160+ members, is committed to increasing domestic production capacity and manufacturing jobs across the U.S. composites industry. The institute is driven by the University of Tennessee and supported by the U.S. Department of Energy and other partners. IACMI's participation in the Composites Pavilion is sponsored by IACMI partner, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).

IACMI produced the first large injection molded automotive prototype made with low-cost textile-grade carbon fiber. This innovative production approach yields an estimated cost savings of 40 – 50% compared to a 50,000 filament tow commercial counterpart.

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