Toyota Motor Europe

  • Internship Recycling of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics

    Posted Date 3 months ago(25/10/2018 16:18)
    Job ID
    Business Area
    Brussel (Zaventem)
  • Company Information

    TOYOTA is one of the world’s largest automobile manufacturers and a leading global corporation. Founded in 1937. Toyota now sells vehicles in 170 countries and employs over 300.000 people.
    Based in Brussels, Belgium, and staffed by 2.700 people and more than 60 nationalities, Toyota Motor Europe (TME) handles the wholesale marketing of Toyota and Lexus vehicles, parts & accessories, and manages Toyota’s European R&D, manufacturing and engineering operations.
    For Toyota, Quality is a way of life. Nothing is so good that it cannot be made better, that is why we strive for continuous improvement in everything we do. This basic principle for us is called: “KAIZEN” and is what guides us in our pursuit of best Quality and the delivery of unparalleled customer’s satisfaction.

    Your Profile

    • You are fluent in English (TME business language)
    • You are enrolled into a master preferably in Polymer Engineering
    • You have a good understanding and knowledge of Injection Molding process (Thermoplastics) and Thermoset Resin Chemistry
    • You are open minded with hands-on mentality and able to work in an independent way, yet being a team player


    You have a Toyota DNA, this means you:
    • Wish to develop and you are ready to persevere in order to reach challenging targets.
    • Seek facts before making recommendations or decisions.
    • Have strong planning and organization skills
    • Enjoy working in a team, respecting others.
    • Have a creative mind.
    • Have excellent communication skills

    Your team and your responsibilities

    Team/division description:
    Research and Development (R&D) in Europe is responsible for the planning, the development and the production of attractive, superior quality cars matching European market requirements. R&D aims to strengthen the Toyota image in Europe.

    The Lightweight section of the Material Engineering Division is responsible for the localization, development and evaluation of metal and plastic materials used in the car, i.e. high strength steel, aluminum and fiber reinforced plastics for the purpose of reducing the weight of the car, thus contribute to CO2 reduction of vehicles.

    Our function is to qualify European materials and to assure their performance: processability, strength and durability over the lifetime of the vehicle taking into account all the environmental aspects the parts will be exposed to (i.e. heat, chemical attack, humidity, etc.).


    Your project:
    The challenge is to develop new Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics (CFRP) with lower environmental impact both by the use of recycled carbon fibers or by an improved recycling behavior of the CFRP matrix.
    1- Benchmark existing recycled CF filled plastics in Europe
    -   Conduct molding trial and evaluate mechanical performance
    -   Clarify reason of superior mechanical performance through suitable analysis
    -   Propose further improvement and suitable candidate parts
    -   Assess weight and cost impact
    2- Feasibility study of CFRP recycling
    -   Analyze existing resins and evaluate properties (mechanical and physical)
    -   Conduct molding/recycling trial to assess the merit and limitation of such resins.

    Techniques learned: composites materials (processing, evaluations), material requirement for automotive applications.


    Place of Internship:   
    • Belgium - Brussels (Zaventem) : Toyota Motor Europe,  Technical Centre
    • Starting date: end 2018 or early 2019
    • Duration +/- 6 to 8 months


    Due to business requirement, not all performed projects can be reflected in the Internship report or project dissertation. This issue needs to be discussed with candidate/school in advance


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