11 April 2017
11 April 2017
Hexcel has been awarded a first time contract by Mubea, a key Tier 1 in the automotive industry with a dedicated division for the manufacture of composite parts.
Under the terms of the agreement, Hexcel says it will supply Mubea Carbo Tech with HiMax non-crimp fabric (NCF) for the manufacture of carbon fibre monocoque chassis. The monocoques will be manufactured by resin transfer moulding (RTM) and use several different textile formats. Hexcel’s contract covers the delivery of the key materials for the full multi-year program duration.
To support the contract, Hexcel explains it will invest in a new non-crimp fabric line at its Leicester, UK site. The fabrics produced on this new line will provide numerous benefits including reduced scrap, higher material quality and larger roll sizes. In addition, the wider material will greatly improve the customer’s automated textile processing.
Commenting on the contract Tim Swords, Hexcel President – Industrial said, “Hexcel has a long history of working in collaboration with Mubea and we thank them for taking our relationship to the next level with this contract award. Together we will continue developing solutions to make the production of composite parts more efficient and cost-competitive when compared to other materials. We look forward to demonstrating that composites can be a sustainable solution for automotive programs and are no longer confined to small volume production.”
Composites UK reports that its members are supporting the new 2018-2021 Safety in Manufacturing Plastics and Composites strategy (SIMPLC).
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.