KNOXVILLE, TENN., July 11, 2019 – IACMI – The Composites Institute today announced its newest consortium member, Magna International. The mobility technology company’s exteriors group will collaborate with the institute to drive the innovation and efficient manufacturing of composites in the automotive industry.

As a consortium member, Magna will contribute to IACMI’s more than 160-member network to further research and development for the manufacturing industry’s adoption of composite materials. Magna’s expertise in the automotive industry will contribute to the overall energy-efficiency of vehicles through lightweighting and other emerging technologies.

“IACMI is thrilled to have Magna as a part of its growing ecosystem of leading composites innovators. Leveraging shared resources and knowledge is vital to accelerating innovation to provide impactful, low-cost, and sustainable solutions for composites manufacturing. We look forward to the continued impact of the institute in advanced manufacturing through this strategic partnership,” said IACMI CEO John Hopkins.

“We appreciate the opportunity to work with IACMI’s member network in steering thought-leadership and driving the future of composites,” said Grahame Burrow, Magna Exteriors Global President. “IACMI’s vision of safer, more energy-efficient and cost-effective composite production aligns with Magna’s commitment to help vehicle manufacturers achieve improved fuel economy and operating efficiency without sacrificing design.”

IACMI – The Composites Institute member benefits include the opportunity to network and collaborate with internationally-recognized experts, industry leaders, and innovators in the advanced composites industry. The Institute’s semi-annual Members Meeting will be held in Denver, Colorado, in July 2019. More than 300 people are expected to join the event to connect with ecosystem partners and discuss more than 50 workforce development highlights and technical outcomes across key application areas, including advancements in the automotive sector.

 About IACMI-The Composites Institute: The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI), managed by the Collaborative Composite Solutions Corporation (CCS), is a partnership of industry, universities, national laboratories and federal, state and local governments working together to benefit the nation’s energy and economic security by sharing existing resources and co-investing to accelerate innovative research and development in the advanced composites field. CCS is a not-for-profit organization established by The University of Tennessee Research Foundation. The national Manufacturing USA institute is supported by a $70 million commitment from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office and over $180 million committed from IACMI’s partners. Find out more at IACMI.org.