BMW and Boeing to collaborate on carbon-fiber materials

  • 12-Dec-2012 02:41 EST
BMW i concept at NYC event 11-13-12.jpg

The bodies of BMW's i brand models will use carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic. (Patrick Ponticel)

Two heavyweights in the automotive and aerospace industries are joining minds on lighter materials. BMW and Boeing on Dec. 12 announced they would do joint research on carbon-fiber recycling and share knowledge about the material and its manufacture. As part of the collaboration agreement, the two companies will also share carbon-fiber manufacturing process simulations and ideas for manufacturing automation. BMW in 2013 plans to introduce two models from its new i brand (i3 battery-electric and i8 plug-in hybrid) featuring bodies made of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic. Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner aircraft is made up of 50% carbon fiber. The collaboration is the first ever between the two companies.

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