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In keeping with its standard of environmental stewardship, The Composites Group (TCG) has developed SymTerra composites, a new series of thermoset moulding compounds that use renewable-resource raw materials in the compound itself.
According to TCG, SymTerra compounds offer improved energy efficiency through weight reduction while also using less petroleum. SymTerra composites have a specific gravity of 1.2 or lower. This allows for weight reductions of 30% or more versus conventional composites, and 30-50% weight reduction versus competing materials.
“Removing weight while maintaining full performance capabilities is key to energy efficiency, whether in a combustion-fuelled hybrid or electric vehicle or other applications where weight is a consideration,” said Jeff Cash, Corporate Director of Sales and Marketing.
Incorporating bio-derived feed stocks in SymTerra thermoset moulding compounds reduces its carbon footprint by using plant-derived materials that actually extract carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Sequestered carbon replaces fossil carbon in these composites.
SymTerra compounds are produced in the North Kingsville, Ohio, US, TCG facility which it says features advanced technology that captures and eliminates VOC’s released during the compounding operation. “When we examine the total value proposition offered by this new product line, it is clearly an advancement of composites in harmony with the planet,” stated Cash.
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