30 April 2013
30 April 2013
Quantum Composites have introduced AMC-8590-50, a carbon reinforced advanced moulding compound (AMC) for high volume automotive applications.
The company say that this new material, which uses high tow 50K carbon fibre reinforcement, is designed to replace steel, aluminium and many other traditional composites and that AMC-8590-50 delivers the cost, weight and performance targets needed to develop lighter weight structural and semi-structural solutions for better fuel efficiency.
“We are excited about this new product innovation and are confident that it will deliver value throughout the supply chain. Our team here at Quantum Composites will continue to innovate and expand its material solutions, design and engineering capabilities in order to provide our customers the enabling technologies to be successful” comments Wisdom Dzotsi General Manager, Quantum Composites.
Quantum Composites say its carbon fibre reinforced Advanced Moulding Compounds now include a tow count of 3K, 12K, 24K and 50K who say the compounds with these carbon fibre reinforcements are available in various chopped lengths (12, 25, 50 mm) as well as in continuous fibres (unidirectional & woven). AMC continuous fibre versions can be co-moulded with AMC chopped fibre compounds for local reinforcement or as stand-alone material solutions.
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