Creative Composites based in Lisburn, Northern Ireland is supplying innovative SMC parts for a new revolutionary electric light commercial van.
The unique range of SMC compression moulded parts have been chosen for longevity and light weighting to improve fuel efficiency, lower vehicle operating costs and extend the vehicle’s zero power range. The composites manufacturer has been working in collaboration with one of the UK’s leading OEM’s for several years. Together they have developed SMC parts for use in a range of iconic and ground-breaking vehicles, manufactured at the UK’s only dedicated electric vehicle factory. The parts include SMC front fenders and doors, designed to offer longevity, flexibility and robustness against everyday dents and knocks.
Richard Ennis, Chairman, UK based Creative Composites said:“These hybrid vehicles are cleverly designed to optimise performance and styling whilst reducing emissions and operating costs.
“Our specialist Vehicle Design Team has been working closely with our client’s engineers to develop, design, prototype and validate various composite SMC parts for their new pioneering van. It is exciting to collaborate with global leaders in vehicle design and to supply innovative SMC parts that help improve the performance of zero emission vehicles.”
SMC compression moulded parts deliver a range of important benefits for a wide range of vehicles including cars, vans, trucks, rail, bus and construction equipment, as outlined in the table below. Increasingly vehicle manufacturers are turning to SMC composites to provide the crucial weight savings required to improve fuel efficiency and zero emission vehicle range. However, with the added benefits of class ‘A’ surface finishes, unlimited design flexibility, impact, heat and corrosion resistance combined with composite’s ability to aid connectivity and noise reduction, SMC continues to gain market share over steel, aluminium and other plastic alternatives.
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