News Release - Magna Wins 2020 PACE Award for Composite Space Frame Liftgate Reinforcement
- Lightweight solution debuted on the 2020 Toyota Supra
- Composite reinforcement enables 10 percent mass reduction
- First application of composite space frame for automotive liftgate
“Innovative lightweight solutions, such as this composite space frame, are integral in helping automakers meet sustainability goals, including reduced emissions and improved fuel economy,” said Magna Exteriors President
The composite space frame is a tubular frame made of a foam core that is then wound with continuous glass fiber and infused with a polyurethane thermoset resin. Magna is investigating additional opportunities for this technology, such as side door modules, and other material innovations to help automakers meet their mass reduction and design goals. The space frame liftgate reinforcement solution was developed at Magna’s exteriors facility in Liberec,
IHS Markit estimates 62 percent of the world’s vehicles have liftgates with a small percentage currently being made of plastic. “This is one of the fastest growing products in Magna, and we expect this to continue as automakers seek more innovative lightweight solutions,” added Burrow.
Composites, liftgates, automotive exteriors, innovation, design
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