19 March 2013
19 March 2013
TenCate and BASF have welcomed Owens Corning as partner in their strategic alliance for thermoplastic automotive composites, with a goal to develop optimal solutions in thermoplastic composites for automotive mass production.
In this strategic alliance, Owens Corning explains that it brings the technology to develop superior and tailor made fabrics and glass reinforcement solutions, where BASF contributes comprehensive knowledge in the production and formulation of thermoplastic resins, and TenCate Advanced Composites brings its expertise in composites manufacturing.
According to Owens Corning, global emission standards for vehicles continue to increase the need for lighter vehicles that maintain strength and durability. It says that compared to metal parts, fibre reinforced plastic composites can be 30 to 50% lighter. Thermoplastic composites help increase fuel efficiency in automobiles and reduce costs for consumers. Thermoplastic processing also dramatically reduces production cycle times. Additionally, these products have no limitations in shelf life and can be recycled.
Chomarat has invested in a new pilot production line to develop its next generation of scrim reinforcements for the construction market. Conceived for the development of cement board and roof-waterproofing reinforcements, the machine can also develop materials for new markets.
PUGreen, a vegetable-based polyurethane resin for composites applications, is being launched by CPA and Purcom during Feiplar Composites, 6-8 November, in São Paulo, Brazil.
A Composite Advantage fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) FiberSPAN deck has been installed on a 143-year-old wrought iron bridge in Ontario.