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GM Hopes to Take Carbon Fiber to the Masses

Joins BMW, others looking to commercialize high-tech material.

by on Dec.09, 2011

GM found a variety of applications for carbon fiber on the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Carbon Limited Edition. Now it wants to mass produce the lightweight material.

General Motors hopes to bring the cost of one of the most promising space-age materials down to Earth.

Like a growing number of competitors, the U.S. giant believes there’s great potential for super-strong, ultra-light carbon fiber. And it has entered into a new joint venture it is betting will make it commercially feasible to bring to the mainstream market a material that traditionally only supercar makers could afford to use.

The Final Word!

Dubbing carbon fiber-reinforced plastics, or CFRP, a “game changer,” GM Vice Chairman Steve Girsky inked a co-development deal with Japan’s Teijin Limited, a group of 150 companies focused largely on the use of advanced materials.