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Starting in 2009, Rimtec will serve the North American market through Zeon Chemicals, the US subsidiary of Rimtec’s parent Zeon Corporation.
The patented DCPD-based RIM process originated in the laboratories of BFGoodrich and was licensed to the Japanese company Rimtec and its European subsidiary Telene SAS, allowing them to successfully create a market for large to very large parts produced in limited series. Now Telene has been introduced for widespread use in the United States and Canada at the American Composites Manufacturers Association Composites + Polycon 2009 Show.
Telene is based on extra-high purity dicyclopentadiene (DCPD) – mixed with other norbornene monomers – that reacts via a Ring Opening Metatheseis Polymerization. Standard RIM equipment with a self-cleaning mixing head is used to process the low viscous liquid, injecting the material into a closed mould at low pressure and temperature. Within approximately four to six minutes for most applications, the parts are easily removed with no need for release agents.
“Our commitment is to provide North American designers with the most advanced materials and processes,” says Alexander Daemen, Rimtec Vice-President Global Sales and Marketing. “We are expanding our North American Telene team and are leveraging the successful logistical and back-office infrastructure of Zeon Chemicals.”
Telene is currently used in a variety of applications such as body panels in agricultural and earth moving equipment, and trucks and buses. It has been selected by leading global OEMs such as John Deere, Volvo, Caterpillar, JCB, CNH Komatsu, Claas, AGCO and Rostselmash.
Ashley Industrial Molding, a supplier to John Deere, has chosen Telene for its thermal, chemical and acoustic properties. Ashley president Rod Schoon says, “We’ve found Telene to be an excellent complement to our SMC capability, and it allows our design engineers to choose the strength and toughness they need while giving them the option for tooling a range of series sizes.”
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