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Voith to produce CFRP components for future Audi model

A development partnership with Audi aims to promote further development of fibre-reinforced materials for use in future Audi production models.

10th June 2015

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Heidenheim/Garching

Transport/​Aerospace, Industrial

Audi AG has placed an order with Voith, a global supplier in markets like energy, paper, raw materials, transportation and automotive, for the high-volume production of a CFRP component for its future Audi model.

Voith founded Voith Composites in Garching in 2010 as a development and production company for carbon fibre products within the Voith Group. In 2011, the first exclusively composites development and production centre in the Voith Group was opened at Voith's Garching site.

The order is one more important step in developing the industrialization of composite production, the company reports. Voith and Audi will jointly prepare the manufacturing ramp-up for the CFRP component.

Future-oriented business

“The order awarded for the high-volume production of a CFRP component is the outcome of the good cooperation and trust between Audi and Voith over the last five years,” explained Dr Hubert Lienhard, Voith President and CEO.

“We have come a long way in the field of the industrialization of production processes using carbon fibres. The order from Audi is an important step in the further development of this future-oriented business.”

Development partnership

A development partnership with Audi was established in 2011. The goal of this partnership is to promote the further development and highly automated production of fibre-reinforced materials for use in future Audi production models.

The outcome of the partnership is highly-efficient and consequently cost-effective production technology, according to the manufacturer.

Founded in 1867, Voith employs more than 39,000 people, generates EUR 5.3 billion in sales, operates in about 50 countries around the world and is one of the largest family-owned companies in Europe.

www.voith.com

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