Boeing, BMW Group to collaborate on carbon fiber recycling

          Boeing, BMW Group to collaborate on carbon fiber recycling

-- Agreement includes sharing manufacturing knowledge, exploring automation

PR Newswire

SEATTLE, Dec. 12, 2012

SEATTLE, Dec. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Boeing (NYSE: BA) and the BMW Group
signed a collaboration agreement to participate in joint research on carbon
fiber recycling and share knowledge about carbon fiber materials and

Boeing and BMW are both pioneering the use of carbon fiber in their products.
Boeing's 787 Dreamliner is made up of 50 percent carbon fiber material and BMW
will introduce two vehicles with passenger compartments made of carbon fiber
in 2013. Recycling composite material at point of use and the end of product
life is critical to both companies.

"This collaboration agreement is a very important step forward in developing
the use and end use of carbon fiber materials," said Larry Schneider,
Commercial Airplanes vice president of Product Development, who represented
Boeing at the signing in Seattle. "It is especially important that we plan for
the end of life of products made from carbon fiber. We want to look at ways
to reclaim and reuse those materials to make new products. Our work with BMW
will help us attain that goal."

"Boeing for us is a suitable partner for collaboration in the field of carbon
fiber," said BMW AG for Development Board Member Herbert Diess. "Boeing has
many years of extensive experience using carbon fiber in the field of
aviation, while the BMW Group has earned a significant competitive advantage
through its use of special manufacturing methods for series production of
carbon fiber parts. Through this cooperation, we can merge know-how between
our industries in the field of sustainable production solutions."

As part of the collaboration agreement, Boeing and the BMW Group will also
share carbon fiber manufacturing process simulations and ideas for
manufacturing automation.

BMW opened a plant in Moses Lake, Wash. in 2011 that will provide carbon fiber
parts for the 2013 i3 and i8 models. Both new models will be assembled in
Leipzig, Germany.

Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire was instrumental in securing the
location for the BMW plant and promoted the partnership between Boeing and

"This exciting partnership between two global players and industry leaders is
a win for our state," said Gregoire. "This will help Washington further
develop our capabilities and leadership position in the game-changing
technology of carbon fiber. I'm pleased that BMW and Boeing have joined forces
as this is a logical next step for the industry."

The collaboration agreement between Boeing and the BMW Group is the first in
the history of either company. The BMW Group is made up of BMW, Mini,
Husqvarna Motorcycles and Rolls-Royce automobiles.

Bret Jensen
Engineering Communications
Telephone: 1 425-266-3674

Kenn Sparks
BMW Group/BMW of North America
Telephone: 201-307-4467


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