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TenCate qualifies for auto OEM
TenCate Advanced Composites has qualified to supply carbon fibre-reinforced thermoplastic composite material to a leading global automotive customer.The customer-specific development phase for a structural application has been completed and structural integrity tests of the final product have begun, TenCate reports.
Speeding up the tape laying process
The production of composites by tape laying offers several advantages which have been demonstrated recently by scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology ICT in Pfinztal, Germany.
Breaking the three minute barrier
At this week?s JEC Americas show in Boston, Roctool has been demonstrating how it is now possible to develop an ultra-thin carbon fibre composite part in just two minutes and 30 seconds with its 3iTech technology.
TenCate and BASF target automotive
TenCate Advanced Composites and BASF have entered into a strategic alliance with the aim of rapidly commercialising new thermoplastic composite materials suitable for high-volume automotive production.
European consortium for automotive
The newly-formed European Thermoplastic Automotive Composites consortium (eTAC) is aiming to promote the increased use of composites in the mass automotive market.
BASF and SGL seek rapid RTM material
BASF and the SGL Group are to jointly develop composites based on a reactive polyamide system and suitable carbon fibres.The intention is to use them in the T-RTM (thermoplastic resin transfer moulding) and reactive injection moulding processes to achieve significantly shorter processing cycles than conventional thermosetting RTM.
Metal replacement compounds for automotive
New thermally conductive compounds targeted at replacing metal components in automotive heating and cooling systems are being introduced by RTP Company, of Winona, Minnesota, USA.
Sharkskin style for first 3D printed racer
An electric drive frame, a seat made from flax-based composites and a ?sharkskin? nose add distinctive style to the first racing car with a body which has been entirely 3D printed.
Cytec links with Jaguar Land Rover
Cytec Industries has announced a strategic collaboration with Jaguar Land Rover to develop designs, materials and manufacturing concepts for the cost-effective use of composites for automotive structures.
Fuel efficiency boost for US
A big opportunity for composites in the lightweighting of vehicles is anticipated in the USA, as a result of the imminent standards for vehicles which are aimed at getting and average of 54.
 
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