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03-09-2018

Magna Launches New Composites Center of Excellence

Development of Lightweight Structural and Exterior Components in Germany

Magna International Inc. has opened a new Composites Center of Excellence in Esslingen, Germany. It aims to help European automakers meet increasingly stringent emissions requirements with lightweight structures and exterior components made of advanced materials.

Magna’s new Composites Center of Excellence in Esslingen features a new Engel 2300-metric-ton press. It enables development, demonstration and testing of full-size automotive parts using a wide range of thermoset composite materials and compression molding process settings (© Magna)

The Center will primarily focus on developing structural components, such as vehicle subframes, and exterior body parts, such as door panels and hoods. Several European automakers are pursuing joint development projects with Magna at the new center. One is interested in investigating advanced composites for use in structural rear vehicle modules, and another wants to look at composites for vehicle subframes. There is also interest in developing “class A” exterior panels using composites.

“Lightweight composite parts can deliver weight reductions of 30 to 60 percent over steel,” said Magna Exteriors President Grahame Burrow. “It’s easy to see why automakers are pursuing these materials, and we’re ready to deliver innovative solutions to help them meet their goals.”

Magna opened its Composites Center of Excellence near Toronto in 2010 in partnership with the National Research Council of Canada. Notable projects include a carbon fiber hood developed for the 2016 Cadillac V-Series and a current project with Ford Motor Company to test the feasibility of carbon fiber vehicle subframes for possible mass production.

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Magna International Europe GmbH

Technologiestraße 8
AT 1120 WIEN

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