Fraunhofer Project Center @Western

The main research topic at the Fraunhofer Project Center for Composites Research @Western is the use of fiber composites in lightweight construction, especially in the automotive sector. Work is oriented towards the demands of the regional North American market. The FPC has a state-of-the-art press with a molding pressure of 2500t, enabling component research to be carried out on an industrial scale.

The location in London (Ontario)

"Our ability to attract one of the world's top research and development organizations to London is testament to both Western's longstanding strengths in materials and biomaterials research and to the city's forward-thinking vision" says Dr. Ted Hewitt, Vice President (Research and International Relations) of the University of Western Ontario. "This unique project will make London the leading site for advanced composite materials research and testing at the manufacturing scale in North America, and promises to create jobs throughout the region".

Current research topics include:

  • Compression molding technology
  • Direct- / sheet molding compound (SMC)
  • Long-fiber-reinforced thermoplastics (LFT)