Alliance to produce TPCs for automotives

TenCate Advanced Composites and German firm BASF have formed a strategic alliance to develop thermoplastic composite materials for high-volume vehicle production. Currently, TenCate produces continuous fibre-reinforced thermoplastic composites that are mainly used for aircraft structures and interiors, such as the Airbus A380, A350 and Boeing 787.

BASF will contribute its know-how in the production and formulation of thermoplastic resins in order to develop special variants of its Ultramid PA, Ultradur PBT and Ultrason PESU product lines.

Compared to metal parts, fibre-reinforced plastic composites can be 30 to 50% lighter, there by economising on fuel consumption. Furthermore, much experience has been built up over the last decades in connection with welding technologies to connect composites materials to complex structures and to integrate these components and structural parts with multi-material end-products. Target applications are semi-structural parts as well as primary structures in car bodies and chassis.

(IMA)


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