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Rhodia Engineering Plastics is showcasing Evolite by Technyl at JEC Europe this week, which they say has been recently endorsed through partnerships and co-innovation projects to develop automotive and marine applications.
According to Rhodia, the focus of the Lightweight Hybrid Composite Structures (LYCOS) project is the continuing search for the light-weighting of functional structures in the automotive industry. As part of the LYCOS project Rhodia is partnering again with Faurecia to design and develop metal-replacing seat cushion structural components this time using Evolite thermoplastic composites. They say this lightens the weight of automotive seating even further adding to the overall reduction of an automobiles’ weight thereby positively contributing to the ever stringent CO2 emissions regulations worldwide.
“Co-innovation projects compress R&D schedules and represent a significant step towards the introduction of advanced polyamide thermoplastic composite materials as a competitive alternative to steel for automotive structural parts and applications,” said Dr. Thierry Renault, Manager of Partnerships & Expertise Network of Faurecia Automotive Seating.
Rhodia explain they are partnering with the Finot Group to develop a lightweight and environmentally-friendly 4.3m sailing boat known as the “Albatros” with a hull manufactured using Evolite thermoplastic composite. They say the hull consists of three-parts which are thermoformed – a clean, quick and environmentally friendly process undertaken by SORA Composites. The three parts are bonded together which produces a hull which is light yet structurally rigid, has high impact resistance and is recyclable.
“This project draws attention to the versatility of Evolite and the variety of potential end-use marine applications where the balance between lightweight, strength and impact resistance is absolutely essential. In addition, it is cost-competitive, provides shorter cycle times and importantly, has recycling potential,” comments Jean-Marie Finot, General Manager of the Finot Group.
Rhodia say these examples show their collaborative engagement with OEMs, Tier 1s and major players to develop thermoplastic composite end-use applications. “We are involved in several other partnerships aimed at creating a sustainable value chain to allow large scale production,” explained Jean-Marc Feuillas, Composites Project Director at Rhodia. “To reach this objective, establishing strategic alliances is critical to achieve essential building blocks such as next generation predictive simulation tools and competitive recycling processes.”
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