Lightweight composite materials specialist Honsa Kft. will produce carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic parts next year at its plant in Pécs, Hungary, for the new BMW i8 concept model.
Honsa, a subsidiary of the Oberbürg, Germany-based automotive components supplier Koller Group, has invested to expand its plant to enable it to take on series manufacture of body parts for BMW's small electric vehicle.
BMW is reported to be planning to launch the lightweight i8 model on the market in August 2014.
Honsa, formed in 1999, has made a name manufacturing polyurethane honeycomb sandwich automotive moldings and component assembly for a number of global vehicle manufacturers including Volkswagen AG.
The Bavarian group, which operates from three sites in Germany, develops and manufactures injection and compression moulds, PUR sandwich panels, pre-finished components and injection molded parts.