A car parts manufacturer is developing “eco” car-parts, including carbon fiber panels, for an auto parts maker, according to people familiar with the matter.
Walmart said Tuesday that it is partnering with A.C.M. to develop the “eco car parts” for its products and will continue to work with the supplier to develop its technology.
Walmart said it is investing in the company to help develop the technology.
The companies are partnering on the development of “eco cars,” which could eventually become part of Walmart’s own portfolio, according the people, who asked not to be identified discussing the private discussions.
Walton-based A.P.A. is the world’s largest car parts maker and is part of the parent company of General Motors.
The company also makes parts for other companies, including General Electric, Toyota, and Ford.
Walons car parts suppliers also include parts makers from Ford, Nissan, Chrysler, Subaru, Hyundai, Volkswagen, and Fiat.
Walmarts announcement comes on the heels of a similar announcement from Walmart last month that it was working with car parts makers to develop eco-friendly car parts for its own products.
The announcement follows Walmart’s announcement last month of a partnership with auto suppliers to help improve carbon-fiber production.
Walter Robb, Walmart’s chief executive, said the company’s goal is to bring “eco technology” to the marketplace, and he pointed to the fact that its suppliers are partnering with Walmart on carbon-based car parts.
Walman is not the only retailer with a carbon-free car parts initiative.
It is part-owned by Ford and Toyota, both of which have committed to reducing carbon-fueled cars.
A.T. Kearney, a manufacturer of carbon-powered cars, is partnering to produce its own carbon-filled parts.
The A.A.’s efforts in developing eco car parts comes as Walmart and other large car companies are under pressure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Last month, Walmart said that its carbon-neutral cars were being manufactured in Mexico, an effort that the company said could cost up to $1.4 billion in additional costs.