Global thermoset material supplier Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. (MSC) has announced a collaboration with the Fraunhofer Project Center for Composites Research at Western University (London, Ontario, Canada) with the goal of developing a total solutions approach to high-volume, lightweight composites manufacturing for the North American automotive market. “This partnership makes new processes such as HP-RTM or D-SMC lines much more accessible to the North American automotive industry, as both the state-of-the-art systems and equipment will be available,” said Rich Myers, Chief Technology Officer, MSC. The company says it will use the Fraunhofer Project Center’s facility and equipment for its own independent research and product development with customers. MSC in 2012 opened the Transportation Research and Application Center in Duisburg, Germany, where custom lightweight structural composite solutions for clients in the automotive, aerospace, and mass-transportation markets are supported with testing and application development. The Fraunhofer Project Center is a not-for-profit partnership between Western University and the Fraunhofer Society, which is Europe's largest R&D organization for composite materials and their associated manufacturing technologies.