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Composites institute provides collaborative platform for Dow carbon fiber composites technologies

News International-French

13 Jan 2015

The Dow Chemical Company, in partnership with its joint venture, DowAksa, and a consortium of composites-related businesses, academic leaders and government organizations, announce that they have been selected by the Obama Administration to establish the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI).

IACMI will help advance the state of knowledge and commercialization of carbon fiber composites technology in response to market demands for strong, lightweight materials by creating a platform to overcome technological and cost barriers to the wide-scale adoption of carbon fiber composites in a variety of industrial sectors including pressure vessel, infrastructure and wind, and automotive.

A key example is the collaboration between Ford and DowAksa to develop manufacturing innovations in automotive-grade carbon fiber. IACMI creates a strategic platform for ongoing collaboration between the two companies, which began in 2012 with a joint development agreement between Ford and Dow to develop lost-cost, high-volume carbon fiber composites.

DowAksa, a 50/50 joint venture formed in 2012 between Dow and Aksa Akrilik Kimya Sanayii A.Ş., one of the world’s largest acrylic fiber manufacturers based in Turkey, has become a leader in the production of carbon fiber and carbon fiber intermediates and high quality composite materials, which are extremely value for downstream high-tech manufacturing.

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