Ford and DowAksa are accelerating joint research to develop high-volume manufacturing techniques for automotive-grade carbon fiber. The companies will be part of the newly formed Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation, created by the U.S. government. DowAksa is a joint venture of Dow Chemical (Midland, MI) , and Turkish acrylic fiber manufacturer Aksa (Beyoğlu).
"Our collaboration with DowAksa and participation in this organization significantly boosts what we are able to achieve," said Ken Washington, Ford vice president, Research and Advanced Engineering at the North American International Auto Show 2015 in Detroit. "We have a true alliance of highly talented people working to take automotive materials to the next level."