03 October 2017
03 October 2017
Biesterfeld Plastic will be presenting its products for the e-mobility market at this year’s Fakuma exhibition on 17-21 October.
The distributor’s portfolio includes products for power electronics, thermal management and drive technology applications as well as charging station components. The company also supplies raw materials to the battery and cable industry.
“Electromobility is the disruptive megatrend in our core segment, the automotive industry,” explains Martin Umbach, Managing Director, Biesterfeld Plastic. "We are working closely with our suppliers to develop new products. This market segment poses wide-ranging challenges, with topics like electric heating systems, over-voltage protection and brake energy regeneration dominating technical discussions and developments.”
The e-mobility portfolio includes Zytel polyamides from DuPont. These ‘electrically friendly’ materials with 15%, 25% or 30% glass fibre content for PA66, and a PA6 with 30% glass fibre reinforcement, are specifically designed to prevent contact corrosion, which can cause electrical component failure. The materials are thus said to ensure reliable performance of electrical and electronic automotive components throughout their service life. The portfolio also includes other specialised products, such as hydrolysis-resistant Crastin PBT types.
“We are already able to offer our customers a wide range of plastics and additives for e-mobility applications," adds Dietmar Zinkand, Business Manager Engineering Polymers at Biesterfeld Plastic. "These high-performance raw materials meet all current requirements in this up-and-coming sector. Biesterfeld Plastic is focussing in particular on customised developments of products and solutions. Due to the rapid pace of development, standards have not yet been established in this still young industry.”
Ceramicx, Ireland, has completed an 1800 m2 expansion to its production facility, doubling capacity for the manufacture of infrared heating equipment for the composites industry.
Airtech Advanced Materials Group is introducing three new high temperature vacuum bagging materials for thermoplastic moulding processes up to 427°C.
The new laboratory facilities of recently founded TPAC (ThermoPlastic composites Application Centre) were opened by Anka Mulder, President of Saxion University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands, on 14 September.