CCP Gransden is happy to announce its partnership in the SOCA project, an initiative aimed at revolutionizing the manufacturing of low-cost and sustainable composite materials for the next generation of automotive BIW (Body in White) structures. This project, led by Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and part-funded by the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) UK and Innovate UK, brings together industry leaders to support decarbonization of the automotive sector.
What is the SOCA Consortium?
SOCA stands for Sustainably Optimized Composite Automotive, and it represents a collaborative effort between CCP Gransden, JLR, Far-UK Ltd, and iCOMAT. The consortium's primary objective is to combine innovative technologies and materials to develop a more sustainable and cost-effective approach to manufacturing composite components for automotive applications.
Building on a Positive History of Collaboration
This partnership builds upon the successful collaboration between CCP Gransden and Jaguar Land Rover in previous projects, such as Project Tucana and Leafs. The positive outcomes of these joint ventures have laid the foundation for further innovation and progress.
By leveraging their expertise and experience, the teams aim to further enhance composite manufacturing for automotive applications, paving the way for lighter, more fuel-efficient vehicles with reduced environmental impact. The use of composite materials can offer significant advantages, including improved strength-to-weight ratio, enhanced design flexibility, and reduced energy consumption during production.
SOCA is more than just a desktop study, parts will be assembled in CCP Gransden's factory in Ballygowan, producing clear demonstrators.
The Future of Automotive Industry
As the automotive industry continues to prioritize sustainability and efficiency, initiatives like the SOCA consortium play a crucial role in driving progress. The development of low-cost and sustainable composite manufacturing techniques will contribute to the creation of greener, more advanced vehicles that meet the evolving needs of consumers.
CCP Gransden is excited to be part of this transformative journey and looks forward to the positive impact that the SOCA consortium will have on the future of sustainable automotive manufacturing.