Car Composites on Fast Track

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Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Major milestone
Ann R. Thryft   12/15/2011 12:41:31 PM

Beth, Teijin didn't want to divulge any more details. However, reading between the lines, the fact that the company opened a separate pilot plant in Japan, mentioned in the last paragraph, not related to the GM deal, makes me think the GM pact is more of a co-development relationship and non-exclusive, although there's been no mention of either exclusivity or non-exclusivity. Other statements in press releases and on Teijin's site sound like they want to make their material in high volumes for the auto industry as a whole.

TJ McDermott
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Re: Major milestone
TJ McDermott   12/15/2011 9:58:04 AM
A composite body is exciting!  We've been talking about repairs for aircraft; repairs on cars being much more common will help repair technology improve for all fields.

Beth Stackpole
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Major milestone
Beth Stackpole   12/15/2011 7:03:58 AM
This appears to be a significant commitment on GM's part to advance the use of carbon-fiber composites in their product development and manufacturing processes. At some point, it would seem logical that the other automotive giants will do the same. Perhaps then, it's the tipping point?

Ann, do you happen to know if this an exclusive partnership with Tejin or is that company able to forge similar partnerships with other auto makers?

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