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Supporting other industries to go green - Automotive sector example
As a solutions provider, we have a responsibility to support our customers and
stakeholders in their own sustainability journeys through the development of
innovative textile products.
Composites have strong sustainability credentials and
can be used for numerous applications. We have formed a ‘One Composites’
business, focussed on the development and supply of intermediates into
Telecom Infrastructure, Energy pipes, Automotive and Sporting industries.
For example, the Automotive industry is changing radically, with increasing
focus on cost-effective weight reduction as an approach to increase fuel
efficiency. Attention has recently turned towards the use of carbon fibre
composites and, as technology continues to evolve, we are witnessing a
shift taking place.
Composite solutions have multiple benefits for the transport industry,
especially when compared to alternative materials such as metals.
Composites are far more lightweight therefore improving fuel
efficiency, and can be engineered to be far stronger than aluminium
or steel meaning that they maintain great strength relative to weight.
Furthermore, composites are flexible by design due to their ability to
be easily moulded into complicated shapes.
In response to growing worldwide demand, Coats has developed
two new innovative technologies, Synergex™ and Lattice™, that
allow us to offer the industry a cost effective means to reduce
weight beyond what is achievable through aluminium, magnesium
and conventional carbon fibre and hybrid technologies.
Synergex™ is a technology that commingles dissimilar fibres,
thereby tailoring the fibre mix to the performance and cost
needs of a specific application. Lattice™ is technology that
allows us to place the fibre in a position and direction that is
required by a specific application. In July 2021, we announced
our collaboration with a team led by General Motors, using
our Lattice technologies to develop a tailored fibre-reinforced
composite technology to help develop lightweight, high
performance and cost-effective structural battery enclosures
for use in Electric Vehicles, under U.S. Department of
Energy (DOE) cooperative agreement DE-EE0009204.
Throughout 2022 we will continue to work with our
industry partners to further develop our innovations and
we will lead with sustainability as the key focus in our
composite expansion, exploring future opportunities in
thermoplastics, wind, hydrogen storage and