The National Composite Center will use a $1 million grant to develop a prototype production line geared to boost development and manufacturing of thermoplastic composites for the automotive and commercial transportation industries.
The donation from the Wright Capital Project Fund Award will go into creating the prototype line at the NCC incubation facility in Kettering, the center announced Oct. 23. The center is working with the University of Akron, University of Alabama, Fiber Form Inc. and Delphi Corp. on the development of long-fiber thermoplastic composites. The project has the potential to create as many as 200 jobs, while helping the state compete for future business.
NCC is considering a variety of components now made of metal for the project, including door modules and grille reinforcements for cars, mass-transit vehicle seats and bumpers and defense industry systems such as vehicles and helmets.