Composites UK reports that Ford Motor Company’s UK Innovations Team has become one of its member companies.

Ford said that it wanted to contribute to the direction and strategy of the composites industry, offering an OEM, mass production and affordability perspective. The team is led by Alan Banks, whose remit is to expand the use of lightweighting technologies onto mass production vehicles with lower cost, according to Ford.

Banks has also been appointed to Composite UK’s board of directors.

‘The current drive for electrification will increase the weight of vehicles which will directly impact the payload for commercial vehicles,’ said Banks. ‘It is a must for the composites industry to help solve this issue with a push for zero emission vehicles. The opportunity to steer the UK to support this initiative is something I relish.’

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