ALMELO, NETHERLANDS--(Marketwire - Oct 25, 2012) -
-- Significant market potential for continuous fiber reinforced
-- Objective: Rapid availability of new materials for automotive mass
TenCate Advanced Composites and BASF have entered into a strategic alliance
to cooperate on the development, production and commercialization of
thermoplastic composite materials suitable for high-volume vehicle
The main goal of this partnership is to offer car manufacturers
custom-engineered solutions for high-performance composite structures,
which enable this industry to further reduce weight and carbon dioxide
emission. The growing need of the automotive industry for composite
materials used in mass production calls for a rapid development of
materials and manufacturing processes.
TenCate Advanced Composites has a leading market position in continuous
fiber reinforced thermoplastic composites with the TenCate Cetex(®)
product portfolio, currently mainly used for aircraft structures and
interiors. At present new aircraft such as the Airbus A380, A350 and Boeing
787 are the main users of such material.
BASF is the leading chemical company with an extensive network in the
automotive industry. By combining the capabilities of both BASF and TenCate
in automotive composite solutions, the required developments will be
In this strategic alliance, BASF will contribute its comprehensive 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. TenCate Advanced
Composites joins in with their expertise in composite manufacturing.
Together both companies are dedicated to automotive composite materials
(UD-tapes, prepregs and laminates) based on these specialty resin systems.
"The next major advance in lightweight automotive constructions will not be
possible without a dramatic reduction in processing costs. This can be
accomplished by using continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastic composites.
The breakthrough for composites to mass production, however, has not yet
been made. By working together with TenCate, we intend to jointly achieve
this breakthrough", explains Melanie Maas-Brunner, successor to Willy
Hoven-Nievelstein and new head of the Engineering Plastics Europe business
unit of BASF in Germany.
"TenCate Cetex(®) laminates and prepregs have long been applied in
commercial aircraft constructions, and are increasingly used in industrial
manufacturing processes. Now, TenCate intends to expand its activities in
the automotive industry. We are looking forward to this joint effort in
making new materials rapidly available for automotive mass production",
says Frank Meurs, group director of TenCate Advanced Composites EMEA.
Advantages of thermoplastic composite materials
Compared to metal parts, fiber reinforced plastic composites can be 30 to
50 % lighter. Thermoplastic composites help car manufacturers economize on
the fuel consumption of automobiles and enable the industry to safe costs.
Due to the ease of thermoplastic processing, these advanced materials will
dramatically reduce production cycle times, have no limitations in shelf
life and can be recycled. Thus mass production becomes accessible. Much
experience has been built up over the last decades in connection with
welding technologies to connect composites materials into complex
structures and to integrate these components and structural parts into
multi-material end-products. Target applications are semi-structural parts
as well as primary structures in car bodies and chassis.
Thermoplastic laminates with continuous fiber reinforcement are woven or
non-woven fabrics impregnated with resins and formed into sheets, which are
extremely light yet very strong. UD-tapes, another product class, make full
use of the anisotropic nature of uni-directionally (UD) oriented
impregnated fibers. In a second step, these semi-finished products can be
formed into more complex parts and overmolded by means of injection molding.
This combination results in components that are enhanced by a high degree
of functional integration.
Royal Ten Cate
Almelo, the Netherlands,
Thursday, 25 October 2012
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TenCate Advanced Composites is a leader in the development and
production of thermoplastic and thermoset prepreg composites for
various industries. Its product portfolio is incorporated into
automotive products, medical equipment and numerous other applications.
TenCate Advanced Composites has production facilities and operations in
North America, Europe and 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
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
BASF is the world's leading chemical company: The Chemical Company.
Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products
and crop protection products to oil and gas. We combine economic
success, social responsibility and environmental protection. Through
science and innovation we enable our customers in almost all industries
to meet the current and future needs of society. Our products and
system solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring healthy
food and nutrition and helping to improve the quality of life. We
have summarized this contribution in our corporate objective: We
create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF posted sales of about
EUR73.5 billion in 2011 and had more than 111,000 employees as of the end
of the year. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in
Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (AN). Further information on
BASF is available on the Internet on www.basf.com.
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