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24th October 2016, Knoxville, TN

Ford joins IACMI

Ford has become the first automotive OEM to join the new Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) and will commit $5 million to its resources over the next five years.

The Manufacturing USA institute driven by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and the US Department of Energy is a 100+member consortium committed to increasing domestic production capacity and manufacturing jobs across the US composites industry.

Ford and IACMI are working together to produce pioneering processes that will use carbon fibre and other advanced composites to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions. © Ford

As part of its membership, Ford has appointed Patrick Blanchard, its technical leader for composites, to IACMI’s board of directors.

Ford and IACMI are working together to produce pioneering processes that will use carbon fibre and other advanced composites to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions, making the next generation of vehicles even better for the environment.

Ford’s sustainability strategy sets near and longer-term goals for significant reductions in the company’s global environment footprint with the use of new technologies, business models and partnerships.

It has already achieved dramatic success by converting the body of the Ford F-150 truck from steel to high-strength aluminium alloy for a weight reduction of 700 pounds. The all-new Ford GT supercar is a low-volume test bed for Ford’s work with composites such as carbon fibre, cutting the weight of parts by as much as 60% compared to steel.

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