The BMW Group and Boeing have signed a collaboration agreement to participate in joint research for carbon fibre recycling as well as share manufacturing knowledge and explore automation opportunities.
Both the BMW Group and Boeing are pioneering the use of carbon fibre in their products.
With the release of the BMW i3 in late 2013, followed later by the BMW i8, the BMW Group will bring two vehicles with a carbon passenger cell onto the market for the first time, while Boeing's 787 Dreamliner is made up of 50 percent carbon fibre material.
Recycling composite material at point of use and at the end of the product life therefore is essential to both companies.
"Boeing for us is a suitable partner for a collaboration in the field of carbon fibre," said Herbert Diess, Member of the Board of BMW AG for Development.
"Boeing has many years of extensive experience using carbon fibre 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 fibre parts.
"Through this cooperation we can merge know-how between our industries in the field of sustainable production solutions."