15 October 2013
15 October 2013
Bond-Laminates, a wholly owned subsidiary of LANXESS, say it is strengthening its business with innovative Tepex lightweight plastics.
The company states it is expanding production capacities at the Brilon, Germany site by around 75% in the period to summer 2014. A total of 1,300 square metres is being added to the building complex comprising a new production hall and supplementary storage areas and office space. The additional production capacities are scheduled to go on stream in summer 2014. Bond-Laminates say its Tepex materials primarily comprise thermoplastics that are reinforced with fibres of various other materials such as glass or carbon, depending on the field of application. It claims Tepex products are characterised by their high strength and stiffness, while also being extremely lightweight and economic to process.
The company says that these innovative materials are making new types of automotive design possible, enabling heavier metal components to be replaced.
An example of the use of Tepex in the automotive industry is the Audi A8, where the high-tech plastic is featured in the lower beam. The company say the fibre composites can also be employed in the production of seat pans, front passenger airbags and car brake pedals
“The cars of the future will have to meet the strictest of standards – not just in terms of safety and design but also in matters of fuel consumption and environmental compatibility,” says Werner Breuers, member of the LANXESS AG Board of Management. “That is why one year ago we acquired Bond-Laminates, and in particular its innovative Tepex lightweight plastics, to expand our product portfolio to meet the megatrend of 'Green Mobility'. We are expecting strong demand in the long term and are further investing in this area of business.”
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