TenCate continues partnership with Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production
TenCate Advanced Composites, a leading supplier of advanced thermoset and
thermoplastic composite materials has signed a new two-year partnership contract
with AZL Aachen GmbH, the Center for Integrative Lightweight Production in
Aachen, Germany. The contract relates to joint development of composite material
solutions for emerging volume markets such as the automotive industry and the
oil & gas industry.
AZL Aachen GmbH, located at RWTH Aachen University, aims to develop the
automated production of strength- and cost-optimized lightweight components,
suitable for mass production and versatile process chains in composite and
multi-material design. The partnership between TenCate and AZL Aachen as
industrial service provider will focus on increasing the productivity of
production processes and reducing the manufacturing costs for thermoplastic and
thermoset composites. TenCate entered into cooperation with AZL Aachen as one of
the founding partners in 2013. Last year extensive technology and market
screening was conducted at AZL Aachen for the joint development of composite
material solutions for emerging volume markets. This was carried out in close
cooperation with other leading composite technology partners like BASF, DSM,
Johnson Controls, Opel, SAERTEX, Toyota and Sabic.
Apart from the aerospace market, lightweight composite materials have great
potential in the automotive industry. For larger volumes of cars, automated
production processes are a must as the time required to make a composite
component, must be competitive with conventional metal processing. Such
requirements are possible with the use of thermoplastic composites, as these
advanced materials can be moulded in a similar way to conventional materials.
Together with its industry partners, TenCate Advanced Composites is in the
process of developing a range of thermoplastic composite materials that support
volume production in the automotive industry.
Alliances with partners from both industry and the academic world are crucial
for accelerating the development process and the route to market. Key drivers
are the need to reduce the weight of cars, and hence a reduction of CO(2)
emissions. TenCate is currently engaged in various automotive initiatives in
Germany, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.
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Almelo, the Netherlands, Thursday 6 February 2014
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TenCate Advanced Composites is a leading prepreg manufacturer of thermoset and
thermoplastic composites, serving the aircraft, satellite and industrial
markets. TenCate Advanced Composites has facilities in Europe and North America
and representations in Asia.
Royal Ten Cate (TenCate) is a multi-national company that combines textile
technology with related chemical processes and material technology in the
development and production of functional materials with distinctive
characteristics. Products of TenCate are sold worldwide.
Systems and materials from TenCate come under four areas of application: safety
& protection, space & aerospace, infrastructure & the environment, and sport &
recreation. TenCate occupies leading positions in protective fabrics, composites
for space and aerospace, anti-ballistics, geosynthetics and synthetic turf.
TenCate is listed on the NYSE Euronext (AMX).
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