14 March 2013 13:35 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Owens Corning is to partner with German chemicals giant BASF and Netherlands-headquartered industrial conglomerate Royal Ten Cate (TenCate) on the development of thermoplastic composites for the automotive sector, the US-based glass fibre composites specialist said on Thursday.
Owens Corning president Arnaud Genis said: “There is a critical and growing need in the automotive industry to have lighter, stronger and more environmentally efficient products."
Under the terms of the partnership, BASF will contribute expertise in the production and formulation of thermoplastic resins, TenCate’s advanced composites subsidiary will provide composites manufacturing knowledge, and Owens will bring technology for fabric and glass reinforcement materials.
Martin Jung, BASF’s head of structural materials research, said: “A dramatic reduction in processing cost will be essential for the success of composite materials in automotive lightweight construction.
“Continuous fibre reinforced thermoplastic composites, such as tapes and laminates used in thermoforming processes, have huge potential for structural parts.”
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