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PolyOne Corporation has signed a cooperation and supply agreement with Xenia Unipersonale, a specialist in development and production of high-end polymer solutions reinforced with carbon fibres.
According to PolyOne, the agreement offers customers superior support to successfully transition from metal or thermoset resins to thermoplastic composites in high-end applications, enabling lightweighting, improved process efficiency and productivity. PolyOne is exhibiting during Plast (May 8 – 12, 2012) at Stand 9D06.
Both PolyOne, with its OnForce long fibre reinforced materials, and Xenia, with its XECARB carbon fibre reinforced materials, have experience helping customers successfully replace metal and thermoset parts with those made from thermoplastic composites.
PolyOne explains that brand owners and manufacturers are seeking ways to replace metal and thermoset resins with thermoplastics in order to lower part weight, employ creative new designs, build more readily recyclable parts and realize greater efficiencies during manufacturing. The cooperation with Xenia is expected to enhance PolyOne’s ability to work with customers to optimise the transition from metal or thermoset parts to those that will benefit from thermoplastic solutions. As part of this cooperation, PolyOne will offer customers design and prototyping assistance to speed their projects to market.
“PolyOne has extensive expertise in metal and thermoset replacement using OnForce LFT long fibre materials,” commented Holger Kronimus, General Manager, Engineered Materials Europe. “With Xenia, we have identified a company that will support our efforts to help customers enhance performance and profitability.”
Xenia president Fabio Azzolin added, “Xenia’s carbon fibre reinforced XECARB materials are already selected for use in high-end applications such as racing and sport components and in mechanical parts. Working with PolyOne, we intend to become the foremost European supplier of these materials across an even broader spectrum of applications than we enjoy today.”
As part of the agreement, PolyOne will market Xenia’s materials in Europe, excluding Italy. Xenia will promote and market carbon fibre-reinforced grades of PolyOne’s OnForce materials in Italy.
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