CSP VICTALL announced that Jiangling Motors Corporation (JMC) will use advanced composites for the pickup boxes of its new Yuhu 3 and Yuhu 5 pickup trucks, the first such use of composites in the Chinese automotive industry. The composite box developed by CSP VICTALL has solved the issues of heavy weight, low corrosion resistance and high cost for pickup boxes traditionally made of sheet metal.
The collaboration project between two companies started in 2017. The R&D team of CSP VICTALL provided comprehensive solutions for JMC in raw material development, manufacturing processes and product design. With its success in developing similar products in the North American market, Continental Structural Plastics, the parent company of CSP VICTALL, also provided support for the project. The innovative composite product uses integrated sheet molding compound (SMC) that is molded into the desired geometry in just one step, significantly reducing the production cycle and the number of molds required.
To produce its proprietary sheet molded compound, CSP VICTALL uses a fully automated compounding line that accurately controls the ratio of different raw materials like high-strength resin and glass fiber in its patented formula. SMC sheets produced from this formula are made into pickup boxes through a process that includes the material being robotically loaded in to a mold, vacuum-assisted compression molding in a 4,300 ton press, and cooling. This advanced manufacturing process meets the high-efficiency and quality requirements of automotive OEMs.
A pickup box made from composites offers significant benefits over a box made from metals. These benefits include lower weight, resistance to corrosion and high impact strength. After impact testing with a toolbox, a gas barrel and bricks, CSP VICTALL’s composite pickup box did not show any of the damage that a conventional sheet metal box would.
Composite pickup boxes are recognized in the North American market for advantages in areas such as cost reduction and impact resistance. CSP has been supplying composite pickup boxes for the Toyota Tacoma and Honda Ridgeline for many years. CSP VICTALL will call upon CSP’s experience from the North American market to better serve its customers in China.