Cytec Industries, supplier of composite materials, has formed a strategic material development partnership with Jaguar Land Rover, automotive manufacturer and subsidiary of Tata Motors. According to the companies, the collaboration will focus on developing cost-effective composite automotive structures for high-volume production.
“There are substantial growth opportunities in the automotive market, including demonstrated demand for cost-effective, composite materials suitable for high-volume production.” says Shane Fleming, president, CEO and chairman at Cytec. “The use of carbon fiber-based structural composites will play an instrumental role in reducing vehicle weight and greatly lowering CO2 emissions and fuel consumption.”
Earlier this summer, Cytec completed the sale of its pressure sensitive adhesive line to supplier Henkel to focus on the automotive industry and acquired advanced composite manufacture Umeco Plc. Moving forward, Fleming hopes to use the equipment and experience from Cytec and Umeco to develop advanced composite materials for sustainable vehicles.