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LANXESS has set up a project group that is geared to the needs of the global automotive industry and supports partners through all stages of Tepex component development right up to production launch.
The group – Tepex Automotive Technical Marketing & Business Development – pools all the expertise of LANXESS and its subsidiary Bond-Laminates in materials, processes, and the selection of suitable components for automotive lightweight construction with Tepex. “Our main job is to work with partners right from the concept phase and to lay the groundwork for ensuring that component development is successful in terms of material, weight, processing and costs,” says Martin Klocke, Head of the Group in the High Performance Materials Business Unit (HPM).
According to LANXESS, the team acts an interface between the CAD concepts, component/process design and simulation, the mould makers and the equipment manufacturers for processing and handling Tepex. In its work, the team relies on HPM’s established and innovative HiAnt service, now expanded to include Tepex, and supports the business unit’s sales department in automotive customer projects. “Our expertise and services are available locally all over the world thanks to the global network of regional product and application development centres that LANXESS has established. We can therefore assist international development partners at all their locations, with everything from the first application idea to starting up large-scale production,” says Klocke.
Due to the interest in Tepex, LANXESS says it is publishing a brochure on Tepex processing. This will provide information on the advantages of the thermoplastic composite, its potential in lightweight construction and the product families, and cover, in detail, the many methods for processing Tepex, such as thermoforming and hybrid moulding. Extensive sections will address techniques for heating Tepex as well as the design and calculation of components by draping and integrative simulation. Recommendations are provided on mould design and how to handle hot Tepex inserts. The final section will offer tips on finishing, joining and recycling Tepex components. The brochure is directed at engineers, but also readers interested in the technology who work, for instance, in marketing or purchasing. It will be available for download at www.tepex.de.
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