General Motors and Teijin Limited have announced plans to co-develop advanced carbon fiber technologies for use in upcoming cars, trucks and crossovers.

General Motors and Teijin Limited have announced plans to co-develop advanced carbon fiber technologies for use in upcoming cars, trucks and crossovers.

While the use of carbon fiber has been relatively limited to high-performance vehicles, GM says Teijin has developed a way to "mass-produce carbon fiber-reinforced thermoplastic components with cycle times of under a minute." This greatly reduces cost and complexity, which opens up the possibility of offering the lightweight material on mainstream models.

In a statement, GM Vice Chairman Steve Girsky said "Our relationship with Teijin provides the opportunity to revolutionize the way carbon fiber is used in the automotive industry. This technology holds the potential to be an industry game changer and demonstrates GM's long-standing commitment to innovation."

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GM jumps on the carbon fiber bandwagon