Cytec, Jaguar Land Rover develop composite materials vehicles

Cytec, Jaguar Land Rover to develop composite materials for vehicles

6:28 AM, 16th August 2012
Cytec, Jaguar Land Rover to develop composite materials for vehicles

WOODLAND PARK, US: Consistent with its strategic plan to grow its presence in high performance industrial markets, Cytec Industries Inc has entered into a strategic collaboration with Jaguar Land Rover, a premier luxury vehicle manufacturer. The scope of the collaboration includes developing designs, materials and manufacturing concepts for cost-effective use of composites materials for automotive structures. Cytec gets the opportunity to develop composite materials for high-volume serial automotive vehicles from Jaguar Land Rover.

“There are substantial growth opportunities in the automotive market, including demonstrated demand for cost-effective, composite materials suitable for high-volume production. The use of carbon fibre-based structural composites will play an instrumental role in reducing vehicle weight and greatly lowering CO2 emissions and fuel consumption,” said Shane Fleming, Chairman, President and CEO, Cytec.

Composites used in recently developed aircraft brings significant reductions in weight and fuel consumption. Present designs have increased the amount of composites used by 5 to 10 per cent, in some cases reaching approximately 50 per cent of the total weight of the aircraft.

“Cytec has a long history of supplying high-end supercars and key aerospace programmes with advanced composite materials, and the success we have experienced in the aerospace industry should certainly translate to the automotive space. As we focus on the development of advanced composite materials for sustainable vehicles, Cytec will be able to leverage its existing capabilities as well as those it recently acquired in the Umeco transaction, including state-of-the-art application development capabilities in the UK,” said Fleming.

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