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Continental Structural Plastics Holding Corporation Wins Award for First Ever Use of TCA Ultra Lite Composites in Corvette

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Continental Structural Plastics Holding Corporation of Auburn Hills, Michigan, a subsidiary of Teijin in Japan, recently won an Automotive News Pace Award for the use of its TCA Ultra Lite composite material in the C7 Corvette’s body panels.

Pace stands for Premier Automotive Suppliers’ Contribution to Excellence and is an annual award given to companies that have developed innovative technologies that have reached production status.

Starting with the 2016 Corvette, the use of TCA Ultra Lite, a Class A body panel material, resulted in a 20 pound weight savings and is the first production use of CSP’s Ultra Lite advanced composite material.

CSP’s patented technology makes use of glass bubbles to replace some of the calcium carbonate that is used as a filler in the manufacturing process of the Corvette’s body panels.  A total of 21 body panel assemblies including the doors, decklids, quarter panels and fenders make use of this incredible technology.

“When it comes to engineering a vehicle, every single pound saved is an accomplishment. In the case of the C7, we were able to shave 20 pounds off of the car, using a material so advanced, no one else can offer it,” said Steve Rooney, CEO of Continental Structural Plastics. “This prestigious award validates the uniqueness of our technology, and motivates us to continue innovating as we work toward introducing an even lighter Class A material to the market.”

This is just another testament to the Corvette utilizing cutting edge technology to reduce weight and improve performance.

TCA Ultra Lite composite material in the C7 Corvette convertible.


Rob Loszewski

Robert M. Loszewski is the Owner and Site Administrator of the Corvette Action Center; a quality-driven Corvette news and information web site that he started in 2000. Over the years, Loszewski has built the Corvette Action Center into one of the largest online repositories of Corvette information going all the way back to 1953.

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