* To pool know-how on carbon fibre manufacturing
* Research pact to explore recycling possibilities
* BMW, Boeing use carbon fibre in cars, aircraft
FRANKFURT, Dec 12 German carmaker BMW
and U.S. aircraft maker Boeing are to exchange
information about making carbon fibre, an emerging battleground
among auto and plane makers.
BMW said on Wednesday the two companies aimed to advance
research for carbon fibre recycling and know-how about
manufacturing and automation.
The deal intensifies competition between BMW and rival
Volkswagen, which already has a collaboration deal
with Boeing through its Italian sportscar unit Lamborghini.
Last year, BMW moved to extend its influence over carbon
fibre manufacturer SGL Carbon after VW accumulated a
stake in the company. BMW and SGL jointly built a new carbon
fibre plant in Moses Lake, Washington.
Carbon fibre is 30 percent lighter than aluminium and 50
percent lighter than steel, a crucial advantage to help cut
vehicle weight and carbon dioxide emissions.
Boeing's 787 Dreamliner is 50 percent made of carbon fibre
material, and BMW plans to start selling vehicles with a carbon
passenger cell late next year.