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Chinese automobile manufacturers consider adopting carbon fiber reinforced plastics. BMW group spent 10 years to put carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) technology from research laboratories into the mass production of I3 electric vehicles. But Chinese automakers are looking for a shortcut to shorten the process

about 80 representatives from Chinese automobile manufacturers, their plastic suppliers and universities recently gathered together to discuss more cooperation around CFRP and try to get more financial support from the government

China has two major attractions for CFRP manufacturers: China is the world's largest automobile market, and the air pollution in major domestic cities is very serious

caodu, vice president of global R & D of Chang'an Automobile Group, said that there was an urgent need to find ways to reduce vehicle emissions, including vehicle weight reduction. He is also the main material of the international automobile lightweight green technology alliance, which hosted this meeting, with a certain plastic capacity. The association is affiliated to the China Europe Chemical Manufacturers Association, which is headquartered in Shanghai

two major commitments were made at this forum: one is to build closer vertical links in the whole supply chain and better connect material manufacturers, plastic processors and automobile manufacturers. The second is to strengthen the horizontal ties between Chinese automobile manufacturers

the challenge is that the industry's work on CFRP has just begun. The association has been studying other lightweight technologies for many years, but the meeting on April 22 was its first time to seriously consider CFRP, so some participants thought it difficult to decide where to focus on

Cao Du said, "this is the first time that we have touched on relevant issues, such as how to do it, and how PBT in China is mainly used in the manufacturing of electronic and electrical appliances, automobile/mechanical parts, and directly used in fiber, optical fiber cable sheath, film and other carbon fiber plastics. Of course, there is no clue yet, and we are facing various challenges and problems."

he said: "but this is a good thing. At least we communicate with each other, but they all have their own advantages. We hope to find more effective ways to solve the problem."

some multinational material suppliers who have invested heavily in developing CFRP in other countries say that it is difficult to know what Chinese enterprises really need

CytecIndustriesInc. Hongfang, general manager of industrial materials in Asia based in Shanghai, said that automobile manufacturers in North America and Europe have implemented a very systematic development process, so they can easily understand their plans

but China has no such information. He said: "as a material manufacturer, we are confused by the Chinese market."

German SGL carbonag, which is partially controlled by BMW Group, participated in the development of BMW's CFRP parts. The company said that China's CFRP car market is not very developed. A company manager said that he was still looking for target projects in China and that China needed time to accumulate knowledge

oscar Yang, sales manager of carbon fiber and composite materials based in Shanghai, said, "in my opinion, this is a step-by-step process, which may take ten years."

some foreign participants said that they had not seen any CFRP and lightweight plans launched by Chinese automakers under the increasing pressure of emission reduction in the global automobile industry

plastics learned at this meeting that some Chinese automobile manufacturers have started CFRP projects. For example, Great Wall Motors says it is developing three CFRP samples, including engine hood and battery box

Guangzhou Automobile Group Co., Ltd. said it was very interested in this technology. Jingxiao, chief engineer of Automobile Engineering Research Institute of GAC, said that China's automobile industry has made great progress in the past 20 years, but it lags behind in the process of lightweight

he said that China needs to follow the example of other countries and strengthen the links between university research laboratories and automobile manufacturers

Cao Du of Chang'an Automobile said that one of the goals of strengthening horizontal ties between automobile manufacturers is to obtain government support

he said: "we hope to gather the strength of all OEMs to exert influence on national policies and obtain more government funding... To help meet these major challenges."

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