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Krauss Maffei Developing FRP Thermoplastic Pipe System

04 May 2005

KRAUSS Maffei Extrusion of Munich Germany, represented by HBM Plastics, are developing a fibre reinforced pipe manufacturing system using spirally wound reinforcement of PE pipe.

The fibre tape windings can be made from most kinds of fibre (polyester, aramid, etc.), and are spirally wound in-line over an extruded PE pipe. After the winding process an overlay of a protective PE extrusion is also made in-line. The company have said that the product is suitable for markets which have previously been the domain of steel pipes.

With diametres available in the range from 50mm to 400mm, the pipe can withstand pressures up to 200bar depending on the application, i.e. water petroleum products, etc.

Krauss Maffei will be conducting a seminar and an 'in-house' demonstration of the technology at its Munich facility on May 12 and 13, 2005. The company said that the first system has been sold to a customer in China, whom they were unable to name.

Krauss Maffei Extrusion is one of Europe's leading suppliers of extrusion lines for pipe, sheet and profiles, offering technologies such as co-extrusion for foam-core pipe or foam-sheet sandwich and wood/fibre thermoplastic composite extrusion for architectural applications.

HBM established operations in 1981 to service the Plastics and Packaging Industries in Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands with equipment and technology through their global network of leading technology alliances.






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