A United Kingdom-based make of lightweight composite battery systems for electric vehicles is collaborating with a carbon fiber supplier in a program is intends to put to use at its Richmond, Ky., facility.
TRB Lightweight Structures, a global high-volume composites manufacturing company and a manufacturer of composite battery enclosures for Evs has initiated a collaboration with Kordsa, a specialized Turkey-based carbon fiber fabric supplier, in a bid to is lighten up the composite housings it produces.
The TRB Lightweight Structures site in Kentucky is a joint venture with Toyota Tsusho America.
The project originated at TRB’s facilities in the UK but will be expanded to include the company's US facilities in Kentucky. Kordsa’s strong global supply chain will enable the company to provide carbon fiber fabrics to TRB both from Turkey and its US-based company, Fabric Development Inc. Kordsa shipped the first orders to the UK in November.
For Kordsa, the new supplier contract has opened up a new opportunity for Kordsa, said CEO Ali Çalışkan.
“Through this project, we are now reinforcing a wider area of life with our new collaborations in the field of composites. We are pleased to work with TRB, with whom we share a similar vision for the future — to contribute to the world's successful transition to sustainable transportation.”
Kordsa is a leading global supplier to the tire reinforcement technologies market, but has also invested heavily in the development of composite technologies, mainly targeted at sectors such as aerospace and automotive, as well as sports equipment and yachts.
With R&D and innovation an integral part of Kordsa’s corporate culture, the company has established, in collaboration with Sabancı University in Turkey, one of the most important development centers in the world in this field: the Composite Technologies Center of Excellence, a 15,000-sq-meter state-of-the-art building situated at the Technopark İstanbul, the largest technopark in Turkey.
The center brings together among others researchers, designers, engineers, producers, Ph.D. students entrepreneurs from incubators, in order to be able to serve stakeholders at every stage of the R&D cycle, from idea through mass production.