A lightweight challenger to aluminum
Continental Structural Plastics
Auburn Hills , MI
2020 - PACE Award Finalist
What: CarbonPro pickup box
Innovation: By developing a composite pickup box made of carbon-fiber nylon thermoplastic, Continental Structural Plastics allowed an automaker to compete on a large-scale production basis with the lightweighting gains of an all-aluminum pickup box. The new carbon-fiber material solution cut more than 100 pounds of mass from the vehicle and requires no paint or bedliner. Unlike other thermoset composite materials, CarbonPro is recyclable.
First customer: GMC Sierra Denali