DowAksa and Ford receive Automotive Difference Maker Award

Detroit Free Press honors Automotive Difference Makers

Top achievements in the auto industry were honored Tuesday night at the 2016 Detroit Free Press Automotive Difference Maker Awards presented by Bridgestone. An audience of several hundred gathered for the awards ceremony within a ballroom at the Detroit Athletic Club. One of five awards was given to the “Ford Motor and DowAksa carbon-fiber team”

“We have projects looking at all areas of the vehicle: Body structure, interior, power train and exterior,” said Peter Friedman, Ford director of structures and stamping research. “Carbon fiber has the potential to give us significant weight savings. More than other materials.”

Ford and DowAksa are working to reduce the cost of material and manufacturing — making carbon fiber and turning it into parts in the high volumes and at the quick speeds required by mass-market auto-making.

“DowAksa deploys the benefits carbon fiber offers for mass production of cars and trucks. With less weight and more strength, carbon fiber composites enable vehicles to reliably and sustainably reduce energy use,” said Ravi Ramanathan DowAksa Global Application Development Leader for Automotive Sector.

Read more: Ford, DowAksa work to transform vehicle structures