US Momentive, Canadian university to develop automotive composites

03 September 2013 15:26  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Momentive Specialty Chemicals is teaming up with a Canadian university for the research and development (R&D) of high-volume, lightweight composites for the North American automotive market, the US-based thermoset materials producer said on Tuesday.

Momentive has signed a research collaborative agreement with the at the University of Western Ontario’s Fraunhofer Project Center, a site for the development of lightweight composites for the transportation, building materials and renewable energy sectors.

“This partnership makes new processes such as HP-RTM [high pressure resin transfer moulding] or D-SMC [direct strand moulding compound] lines much more accessible to the North American automotive industry as both the state-of-the-art systems and equipment will be available,” said Rich Myers, chief technology officer at Momentive.

The company will also use the Fraunhofer Project Center’s facility and equipment for its own independent research and product development with customers.

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