NetComposites
Attwater

Continental Structural Plastics Adds SMC Line in France

07 August 2018

Continental Structural Plastics Adds SMC Line in France

Continental Structural Plastics (CSP) will install a sheet moulding compound (SMC) production line at its facility in Pouance, France, to support the need for its composite formulations in Europe.

CSP will invest approximately €5.1 million (US$6 million) to establish the new line.

CSP, a Teijin group company, is the largest compounder of SMC in North America, with current SMC volumes exceeding 84,000 tons annually. The SMC line in France will be used to further develop the company’s range of proprietary composite products, including low-volatile organic compounds (VOC) formulas currently under development to meet European market regulations. The line will be capable of producing SMC made with both glass and carbon fibres.

“The addition of this SMC line to the Pouance facility is an important step in our European growth plans,” says Philippe Bonte, President, CSP Europe. “It will enable us to provide full-service capabilities to our customers here, as well as provide us with an opportunity to further enhance our already significant materials R&D efforts in Europe.”

Teijin is leveraging its high performance materials and integrated composite technologies as one of the key focuses of the transformation strategies for the group’s medium-term management plan, under which it aims to expand business with a view to becoming a supplier of multi-material components.

The CSP Pouance facility is a rapid development centre for lightweighting technologies including carbon fibre resin transfer moulding (RTM), Class A RTM and thermoplastic composites. The facility was purchased by CSP in 2013. 

The SMC line is expected to be commercially ready to produce SMC by the third quarter of 2019.


Photo provided by CSP




Share this story


Related / You might like...

Stratasys Demonstrates Commitment to UK Market as it Bolsters Infrastructure with New Sites and Additional Staff

Stratasys has increased its commitment to the UK market through a variety of initiatives aimed at driving the adoption of additive manufacturing and supporting the needs of customers.

Solvay and Airborne Signed Memorandum of Understanding at JEC 2019

Solvay and Airborne signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at JEC World 2019.

Solvay’s Ixef PARA Enables Zillion Black Single-use Instruments

Bastos Viegas uses Ixef PARA for its Zillion Black single-use surgical instruments as a cost-effective alternative to stainless steel.