Continental Structural Plastics, Teijin receive top honours at SPE Innovation Awards

Nov 7, 2019   Tier Suppliers

Continental Structural Plastics (CSP), along with its parent company Teijin, announced they received the 2019 Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Innovation Award, Body Exterior Category, as well as the overall Grand Award, for the carbon fibre pickup box used in the 2019 GMC Sierra Denali CarbonPro edition. The awards were presented on November 6 at the 49th Annual SPE Automotive Innovation Awards Gala in Livonia, Michigan.

The carbon fibre pickup box, branded CarbonPro by the customer, is the industry’s first commercial application of the material Sereebo, a proprietary, carbon fibre nylon thermoplastic material that is fully recyclable. The CarbonPro box delivers best-in-class dent, scratch and corrosion resistance, while saving 62 pounds over a steel box. Its durability eliminates the need for a bed liner, saving an additional 40 pounds of mass.

 

In addition, the advanced manufacturing techniques used to mold Sereebo into the CarbonPro box are the first mass production technologies developed for carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastics suitable for high-volume programmes.

 

“It is an honour to receive this top innovation award from SPE,” said Steve Rooney, CEO, Continental Structural Plastics. “We are committed to leading the way for vehicle lightweighting with innovations in composite and carbon fiber formulations and component design. The CarbonPro box is an example of what can be accomplished when great teams come together to collaborate on materials and design to create something entirely new in the automotive industry.”

 

The CarbonPro box is the result of a long-term collaboration between General Motors, Teijin and Continental Structural Plastics.

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