High volume composite parts joint venture

TRB Lightweight Structures and Toyota Tsusho America have formed a joint venture to produce high volume composite parts for the automotive industry in North America.

The companies have opened a location near Lexington, Kentucky, and plan to begin delivering composite battery enclosures to a Tier 1 company in the truck and bus industry in April 2020.

TRB says that it will use proprietary robotics and processing automation to make the composite part production more cost effective.

‘We’re striving to support our customers as they move to electrification,’ said Mike Lavender, senior vice president at Toyota Tsusho America. ‘Working together with TRB allows us to offer new lightweight solutions to the market that improve performance.’

This story uses material from TRB, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.