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Panel Systems has become the UK supplier of Thermhex, a new polypropylene honeycomb material, suitable for a wide variety of applications.
A material already used across mainland Europe for applications ranging from automotive, truck bodies, the marine industry, OEM, industrial equipment and caravan markets, is now available for such applications here in the UK through Panel Systems.
Thermhex claims to be an extremely strong, lightweight material that is available in a range of standard sizes. Panel Systems can also supply composite panels based on Thermhex, along with bespoke sizing and machining to meet specific customer requirements.
Chris Ibbotson, Managing Director of Panel Systems, explains, “As a company we already serve the majority of the markets for this material and we see it as a great opportunity to provide an innovative new stronger, lighter and more durable product to the market place. Our fabrication and machining capabilities mean we can take the base material and bond and machine it, as required, to meet customer specific applications.”
Thermhex is available in a range of different core densities to suit specific project requirements with core thicknesses from 3.5mm to 30mm. Standard sheet size is 2500mm x 1250mm with the capability to increase this to 6000mm x 1400mm. The material is suitable for bonding to a range of thin facing materials, such as metals, plastics, timber and decorative laminate to offer the multiple benefits of aesthetics, strength and lightness.
Manufactured in Germany in a patented process which ensures rigidity in terms of its mechanical strength, as well as stability, Thermhex is also resistant to chemicals and moisture. According to Panel Systems, Thermhex is 100% recyclable as part of ensuring ethical and sustainable sourcing of materials.
Panel Systems offers a structural bonding and fabrication service to manufacture sandwich panels with Thermhex as the core. CNC routers with a bed size of 3600mm x 1500mm allows production of flexible designs and panel shapes. They also offer a comprehensive CAD design service, which includes accepting customers’ own drawings in a range of file formats and producing a workable panel, product or component to meet bespoke requirements.
Thermhex will be used within Panel Systems’ Revostage product to further enhance its properties of strength, lightness in weight and durability. Revostage is a flexible staging system that comprises a patented telescopic riser support and a structural stage platform. It is widely used in the education, retail and leisure sectors for catwalks, tiered staging areas, raised flooring and exhibition stands.
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