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After preliminary process and product development work, Toray, EconCore and Itochu have entered into an agreement securing an option for a licence for the EconCore’s ThermHex technology for Toray.
“The licenceagreement amongEconCore, Toray and Itochu is a major step forward towards the application of the ThermHex sandwich materials in high performance applications”, says Professor Ignace Verpoest, Professor at the Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering of the Catholic University of Leuven. “This licence option agreement again shows that breakthrough innovations are made possible when creative entrepreneurship goes hand-in-hand with the long term vision of companies like Toray, worldwide leaders in their field.”
The partnership say that ThermHex technology allows minimising the weight and cost of the ultimate sandwich solution thanks to the most lightweight honeycomb structure and due to the cost efficient process whereby the honeycomb panel is manufactured in a fully integrated, in-line production process.
This agreement has a global reach. “We strongly believe in the partnership with Toray being a very solid and development dedicated partner” – comments Tomasz Czarnecki, Technology Manager of EconCore – “We look forward to exploring the perspectives of honeycomb products based on our technology and yet another type of thermoplastic material.”
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