21 July 2015
21 July 2015
The kick-off event for a new AVK working group dedicated to "Continuous Fibre-Reinforced Thermoplastics in the Automobile Sector" took place in Frankfurt, Germany, on 1 July, 2015.
This was initiated by the founding members of the working group - BASF, DuPont, Evonik, Lanxess and Bond-Laminates. The interest from the composites industry in this highly topical event was enormous, over 100 participants attended to hear the latest news about the working group's planned mission and activities.
After an introduction by Dr. Christian Obermann (Bond-Laminates) outlining the group's objectives, Dr. Sebastian Schmeer (IVW Institut für Verbundwerkstoffe) presented the first results of an AVK project that is already underway. All companies operating in this market segment at every stage of the value chain are invited to participate in this project or attend future meetings of the working group.
As well as manufacturers of raw materials and processing companies, representatives of the automobile industry, OEMs, machinery manufacturers and research institutes took part in this event. The focus of the group's activities will include the creation of a public forum for this area as well as for standardising the characterisation of thermoplastic, continuous fibre-reinforced, semi-finished materials (tapes, sheets and organo sheets).
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