GM’s Large Pickups to Get Carbon Fiber Load Beds

General Motors Co. is preparing to use carbon fiber-reinforced plastic in the load beds of its next-generation fullsize pickup trucks, The Wall Street Journal reports.


Toyota Fuel Cell Bus to Get Lightweight Roof

Japan’s Toho Tenax Co. has developed a lightweight roof for future Toyota Motor Corp. fuel cell-powered buses.


12 Suppliers Win PACE Awards for Innovations

The winners of this year’s PACE Awards (Premier Automotive Suppliers’ Contribution to Excellence) for product and process innovations related to production vehicles include 12 companies from five countries.


Teijin Buys Continental Structural Plastics for $825 Million

Japan’s Teijin Ltd. has agreed to purchase U.S. composites specialist Continental Structural Plastics (CSP) Holding Corp. for $825 million.


Electric Vehicle Material Advance

Although the number of electric vehicles (EVs) predicted for deployment in the next several years is a number that could probably be parked without too much trouble at a major sporting arena, the amount of technology that is being developed to up that number is something that may knock the EV skeptics back a few paces.

Materials & Lightweighting

Carbon Fiber Components Getting Closer?

The potential of carbon fiber components for cars that aren’t necessarily piloted by the likes of Sebastian Vettel or Jenson Button got a major boost yesterday as General Motors and Teijin Ltd. of Japan signed a co-development agreement through which the companies will work toward using Teijin’s carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic technology, which allows the production of composite components in under a minute.


GM, Teijin to Develop Carbon-Fiber Composite Production Methods

General Motors Co. and Teijin Ltd. have agreed to look for ways to apply the Japanese company's carbon-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic technology to high-volume car and truck production.

Materials & Lightweighting

Supplier Touts New Carbon Fiber Process

Japan's Teijin Ltd. has developed a new carbon fiber blend and a less expensive manufacturing process for the material, The Nikkei reports.


New Glass-Replacement Resin Promises to be a Window to Weight Reduction

Japan's Teijin Ltd. has developed a new polycarbonate resin for car windows that is 30% lighter than glass.