20 May 2014
20 May 2014
The Technological Institute of Plastics (AIMPLAS) has launched NATURTRUCK, a European research project designed to develop materials from renewable sources for the automotive sector.
AIMPLAS explains that the aim of the project is to develop new materials; biodegradable plastics to be used in the manufacture of interior truck parts. The 32 month project will see the company collaborate with Total, which has been providing the European consortium with the biodegradable material (PLA from corn starch) from its division of bioplastics.
Miguel Ángel Valera, Main Researcher, commented “The injected pieces will be submitted to a thermal treatment which will improve the mechanical properties of the material, so that it may be used in demanding applications such as the interior of commercial vehicles."
Photo provided by AIMPLAS
Composites are considered hard to join and researchers have predominantly focused on mechanical joining technologies including crimping, gluing, riveting or screwing. The Composites Europe exhibition in Stuttgart, Germany, on 6-8 November will show the advantages and drawbacks of each of these processes.
The Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) and the Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) at RWTH Aachen University are commencing a study into the use of thermoplastic tapes in injection moulded parts. Companies interested in joining the study are invited to a kick-off event during Fakuma 2018 in Friedrichshafen, Germany, on 18 October.
ZSK will hold its bi-annual technology showcase on 21-22 September 2018 at its Krefeld, Germany, headquarters. The Embroidery Technology Show assembles more than 25 exhibitors from around the world to discuss emerging trends in the embroidery manufacturing industry and demonstrate the latest products produced using techniques such as tailored fibre placement (TFP) or smart textiles.