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High volume automotive composite manufacturing

Automotive Composites Research Centre

The Automotive Composites Research Centre (ACRC) is a dedicated facility within our Materials Engineering Centre. Focusing on the development of carbon fibre reinforced composite manufacturing technologies for high volume automotive applications, the facility provides industrial partners with state-of the art, industrial scale composite processing equipment to carry out process development and demonstrations.

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Compression moulding
Complex preforming
High pressure resin transfer moulding (HP-RTM)
Materials characterisation

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Learn about our award-winning project, Composite Lightweight Automotive Suspension System (CLASS), led by Ford Motor Company, in partnership with Gestamp Chassis and GRM.

We worked with Aston Martin Lagonda and Expert Tooling & Automation on the Integrated Compression Moulding Process (InterComp) project, watch the video to learn more.

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We are currently involved with an APC composites project with WMG. We have found the team to be extremely capable and knowledgeable in the area that we are working with them. They are easy to contact, will always return calls/ emails, even when the news isn’t good. The reports we have received are concise and professionally written. We would certainly work with them again - Henry Sarel-Cooke, Business Development Manager, GKN Wheels and Structures

WMG were the manufacturing partners for the award winning CLASS (Composite Lightweight Automotive Suspension System) project. This was an aggressive 2 year project co-funded by Innovate UK that devised a carbon fibre hybrid rear suspension member. WMG’s world class materials and manufacturing expertise made the project viable and allowed the team to progress rapidly and develop the component that met the targets - Alan Banks, Suspension Manager at Ford Motor Company

Working with WMG since the installation of our equipment has been a tremendous experience. The R&D environment in which WMG use the machine has led to a better understanding on both sides, with respect to a number of critical elements of process control. This mutually beneficial result has been a consequence of an outstanding cooperation between the two technical teams - Graeme Herlihy, Regional President Europe West, Engel

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