Gurit Secures Composite Automotive Supply Contract

Gurit has announced that it has been selected as the supplier for carbon fibre based automotive body panels at a total contract value of more than £20 million calculated on a multi-annual basis.

Starting in the fourth quarter of 2015, the new project features industrial production of exterior Class-A carbon body panel parts utilising both Gurit’s existing open mould manual and its new proprietary and patented advanced press technology.

Gurit’s press technology results from continuous research and close collaboration with leading car manufacturers. The hot compression moulding production technology significantly reduces curing time thus enabling efficient industrial production of small-scale series which are fully compatible with existing OEM mass production and assembly methods. Key features of the new technology also include parts accuracy, high-quality carbon look capability as well as quality surface quality.

Gurit has been supplying carbon fibre based car body panels to manufacturers since 2007. Making car body panels from composite materials not only provides car manufacturers with greater design flexibility compared with metal panel technology.