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NEDO Succeeds in World's First Production of Automobile Chassis Using Thermoplastic CFRP

– Will realize lightweight car bodies at a low cost –
October  16,2017
New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)
Innovative Structural Materials Association (ISMA)
Nagoya University

NEDO and Nagoya University National Composites Center (NCC), a member of the Innovative Structural Materials Association, have succeeded in producing the world's first automobile chassis comprised of only thermoplastic CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced plastic). The chassis creation was accomplished by using an LFT-D construction method that involves kneading thermoplastic resin and carbon fiber. As a result, it is now possible to have an integrated automated production method ranging from supplying the materials to the final production, which could contribute significantly to component cost reduction.

Going forward, accelerating the realization of lightweight car bodies and component mass-production is likely to reduce CO2 emissions by automobiles. This reduction is expected to contribute to solving the world’s environmental problems.

  • Image of the CFRP chassis
    Figure 1 CFRP chassis that succeeded in the production comprised of only thermoplastic CFRP

For more information, please contact:

NEDO Materials Technology and Nanotechnology Department
Contact Persons: Miyamoto, Shiino Tel: +81-44-520-5220­

Innovative Structural Materials Association (ISMA)
Technology Planning Division, Public Relations Office
Contact Persons: Hyodo, Hagiwara Tel: +81-3-6213-5655­ E-mail: pr@isma.jp

Nagoya University National Composites Center
Contact Person: Ishikawa Tel: +81-52-789-3282­

Nagoya University General Affairs Department General Affairs Division Public Relations Office
Tel:+81-52-789-2699­ E-mail: kouho@adm.nagoya-u.ac.jp