Continental Structural Plastics (CSP), the world leader in vehicle lightweighting technologies, today announced that it has received the JEC World 2016 Innovation Award in the Automotive Exterior Parts category for its multi-material decklid concept. This decklid, featuring a TCA Ultra Lite™ outer and a carbon fiber resin transfer molded (RTM) inner, weighs just 12.11 lbs. (5.5 kg.), a 13 percent weight savings over a similar decklid made from aluminum.
Created in 1998, the JEC World Innovation Awards identify, promote and reward the most innovate composite solutions in the world. The selection criteria include technical excellence, exemplarity of the chain of partners, market potential and originality.
The winning decklid concept was collaborated by the CSP R&D teams in Auburn Hills, Michigan, and Pouance, France, with support from partners at Owens Corning, Compose Tooling Expert, Altair Engineering, PPE, Hexion and Brandolph. It was developed as part of a study to compare the weight of decklids made from steel or aluminum versus a multi-material approach. Also key was reducing the cycle time associated with the use of carbon fiber.
“We continue to prove that when you’re willing to think outside the box, the lightweighting possibilities with composites and carbon fiber can be endless,” said CSP Chairman and CEO Frank Macher. “Our engineering and R&D teams continue to push the envelope, reaffirming that CSP is the world leader in lightweighting technologies.”