A composite dual-wall-dash engine shroud is reducing powertrain noise, vibration and harshness inside the vehicle cabin of the 2020 Ford Explorer SUV.
Continental Structural Plastics Inc., the Teijin-owned composites supplier based in Auburn Hills, Mich., is manufacturing the part at its 190,000-square-foot facility in Conneaut, Ohio.
The Conneaut plant employs 260 people and is celebrating its 50th year in operation. The facility makes structural composite parts for automotive and commercial customers.
The company said the industry-first composite shroud has several advantages over the all-steel components used in other vehicles, including moldability and design flexibility for under-the-hood packaging applications.
The 12-pound, four-piece sheet molding compound composite part provides an improved sound barrier and is lighter weight than a similar stamped steel part, the company said.