Ford's commitment to lightweight vehicles is continuing as the automaker has announced a "significant new collaboration to develop manufacturing innovations in automotive-grade carbon fiber."

Ford's commitment to lightweight vehicles is continuing as the automaker has announced a "significant new collaboration to develop manufacturing innovations in automotive-grade carbon fiber."

Under the terms of the agreement, Ford will work with DowAksa as well as the newly created Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation. Their goal is to develop ways to "overcome the high cost and limited availability of carbon fiber" by developing a viable and high volume manufacturing process for the lightweight material.

According to Ford's Global Manager of Materials and Manufacturing Research, Jim deVries, “This opportunity builds upon Ford’s current joint development agreement with Dow Chemical and accelerates our timeline to introduce carbon fiber composites into high-volume applications."

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