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Huntsman PU Composite Technologies Take Centre Stage at Gent Design Exhibition

Huntsman PU Composite Technologies Take Centre Stage at Gent Design Exhibition

  • Friday, 7th December 2018
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Composite products, based on polyurethane technologies from global chemical company Huntsman, are taking centre stage at a design exhibition at the Design Museum Gent, Belgium.

Fibre-Fixed: Composites in Design showcases a range of products that use fibre-reinforced composite materials. Open until 21 April 2019, the exhibition is curated by Ignaas Verpoest from KU Leuven and Lut Pil from the LUCA School of Arts, in conjunction with the Dutch design collective, envisions.

Huntsman is a key sponsor of the Fibre-Fixed show, providing financial support to the event organisers and two display items. The business is exhibiting a window frame based on RIMLINE glass fibre-reinforced pultrusions; and an ultra lightweight license plate holder developed for the KTM 1290 Super Duke R motorcycle – a high performance bike with a powerful 1300 cc /170 HP V-engine.

The window frame uses Huntsman’s RIMLINE resin technology, which results in a tough profile with excellent strength and weathering resistance, in combination with low thermal conductivity. The innovative motorcycle license plate holder is based on Huntsman’s VITROX resin technology and was created as part of Project R.A.C.E, an industry initiative led by KTM Technologies – an engineering company with extensive know-how of composite and hybrid materials and their application.

Irina Bolshakova, Senior Market Manager Transportation EAMEI at Huntsman, said, “We are proud to be a part of this exhibition and to be working together with its curators to demonstrate the unique designs that can arise from combining fibres and plastics into composite structures. Composite materials are becoming increasingly commonplace in the world around us, helping to reduce the weight of vehicles, create stronger construction materials, and produce furniture that is more comfortable to sit and sleep on. Focusing on composite breakthroughs from the past five years, this exhibition is also designed to provide attendees with a clear overview of what they can expect to see coming out of the world of composites in the near future.”

Bart Vangrimde, Technical Manager Polyurethane Composites EAMEI at Huntsman, said, “Huntsman is committed to developing plastic technologies that can enable the design of products that are more durable and more sustainable. Versatile, easy and safe to use, our polyurethane-based composite technologies make it possible to manufacture fibre-reinforced plastics that can be used to create exciting designs for ordinary objects that we encounter every day.”

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