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Evonik Industries has launched its tenth Composites Project House based primarily in Marl, Germany, which will develop new materials and systems for the lightweight construction sector.
Having established the Composites Project House, the chemicals company is intensifying its strategic research for resource-efficient, sustainable solutions, particularly in the field of mobility.
“Our aim in setting up the Composites Project House is to expand our expertise in the field of composites. Innovative composites will make it possible to improve resource efficiency significantly at the same time,” says Dr. Dahai Yu, Evonik’s Executive Board member responsible for the Specialty Materials segment, who believes that composite materials for the lightweight construction sector are an attractive market for Evonik.
Dr. Sandra Reemers, Head of the Composites Project House, says, “By selecting the right starting materials and assembling them, the process as well as the properties of the composite can be customized for a particular application.”
Evonik believe the issues being worked on at the Composites Project House are current and future customer requirements such as rapid, profitable processability of the composites. “One of our aims in this project house is to develop materials that can be processed as quickly as thermoplastics but that are ultimately similar to duroplastic composites. Duroplastics have a very high level of mechanical stability and do not deform under pressure,” says Reemers. “Take, for example, the auto industry, where up to now composite parts have only been able to be installed in small quantities and only after the coating has been burned in. The goal here is to develop materials that can be installed in the same way as metal components, i.e. before the paint is applied.”
Project houses at Evonik are part of strategic research run by Creavis, Evonik’s strategic research and development unit. Experts from several operating units and external experts are working together on issues that they say will expand Evonik’s product and technology portfolio and drive forward research until it is ready for use. The research findings are then commercialised by Evonik’s operating units or an internal start-up.
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