Everyone knows weight is a headache for those operating trucks and being able to trim down the weight of trucks and trailers would allow heavy vehicles to carry more load.
Scania understands this, that’s why the Swedish truck and bus manufacturer’s corporate venture capital fund, Scania Growth Capital, has invested in the Swedish material tech start-up – Corebon AB.
The business has developed a revolutionary method for producing carbon fibre components that could make a significant impact on the road transport industry.
The patented process is based on induction heating and enables Corebon to produce carbon fibre components at significantly higher speed than through existing established methods.
The Swedish company telling us the quality of the produced carbon fibre component is also improved, and energy consumption in production is considerably lower.
Christian Zeuchner from Scania Growth Capital says this is a truly disruptive method for production of carbon fibre components.
“The technology has the potential to fundamentally change the reach of carbon fibre in industrial applications, which traditionally has been limited due to long lead-time and high cost.”
While to help oversee the further development of the technology Scania’s Head of Customised Truck Development, Per-Arne Eriksson, will join the Corebon board.
“The strategy has been to invest in companies that have strategic relevance to the ecosystem in which we operate and Corebon fits very well.
“In the rapidly changing automotive industry, we see many opportunities to expand the use of carbon fibre composites to more applications as an enabler in product development, including in vehicle electrification.”
When might we see the tech used on Scania products? No word yet, though we will keep you updated.
Scania Growth Capital invests in businesses where the manufacturer can contribute with industry knowledge, in addition to investment capital.
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