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JEC Europe 2012 - Magna Exteriors and Interiors, an operating unit of Magna International Inc. and Zoltek Companies, Inc., the largest producer of commercial carbon fiber,have announced an exclusive global collaborative partnership to develop low costcarbon fiber sheet molding compounds (SMC).The official announcement was made at the 2012 JEC Composites Show in Paris.
The newly developed carbon fiber SMC material will use Zoltek’s Panex®35 commercial carbon fiber combined with Magna’s unique EpicBlendSMC™ sheet molding compound formulations and production expertise.
The new material named, EpicBlendSMCEB CFS-Z, will be part of the Magna Exteriors and Interiors’ EpicBlendSMC product line allowing Magna to offer an expanded range of lightweight parts and sub-systems for automotive, commercial truck and othermarkets. Additionally, Magna Exteriors and Interiors will be able to offer the EB CFS-Z sheet molding compound for sale directly to molders.
"With this collaboration, we now have a strong partner in the development of carbon fiber SMC, said Bob Brownlee, President of Magna Exteriors and Interiors. "This partnership further positions our company to produce and deliver light weight products that help our customers meet the demand for more cost-effective energyefficient solutions."
EpicBlendSMCEB CFS-Z lends itself to lightweight structural applications with 50% carbon fiber (by weight) and is particularly suitable for electric vehicle battery enclosures due to its excellent electromagnetic interference shielding properties. Furthermore, the material can be used in the molding of complex shape applications.
“Our partnership with Magna is a very important step forward for Zoltek’s foray into the automotive industry and key in speeding up the development of high-volume applications for low-cost, high-performance carbon fiber materials within that industry,” Zsolt Rumy, Zoltek’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said. “The great synergy between our two companies resulted in the Magna/Zoltek technical teams having developed this all-new low-cost carbon fiber sheet molding compound in an extremely short period of time.”
Representative parts molded from the new SMC product will be on display at the JEC Zoltek booth T31.