Carbon fibre reinforcements bring success in America's Cup

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TECHNOLOGY REINFORCEDplastics NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2013 12 www.reinforcedplastics.com DSM launches thermoplastic composites for automotive DSM IS LAUNCHING a range of thermoplastic composites, based on polyamide resins with various fibre reinforcements, which is initially aimed at the automotive industry. The company says that composites containing carbon fibres based on DSM’s EcoPaXX® polyamide 410 (PA 410), Akulon® polyamide 6 (PA 6) and Stanyl® polyamide 46 (PA 46), will facilitate significant weight reduction in automobile body and chassis parts. Glass fibre reinforced composites will be targeted at reducing the weight of semi-structural components. “Car makers around the world continue to improve the fuel efficiency and sustainability of their products. Over the years, thermoplastics have provided various solutions, in the form of lightweight components and systems in the passenger compartment, in bodywork, and under the hood [bonnet]. DSM materials have proven important in making this trend to replace metal by plastics possible, in such applications as the air bag system and the oil sump. Now it’s time for the next step, with advanced thermoplastic composites,” says Rein Borggreve, Global Research and Technology director, DSM. DSM is a partner in the 4-year ENLIGHT (enhanced lightweight design) project, which also includes car companies Jaguar Cars, Renault, Volkswagen and Volvo. Part of the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme, ENLIGHT aims to accelerate the technological development of a portfolio of materials, which together offer a strong potential to reduce weight and overall carbon footprint in medium-to-high volume electric vehicles (EVs) that could reach the market between 2020 and TenCate launches AmberTool tooling prepreg range FOLLOWING ITS PURCHASE of Amber Composites, TenCate Advanced Composites has merged a number of composite tooling products into the TenCate AmberTool ® prepreg range. The TenCate AmberTool thermoset portfolio incorporates the original Amber Composites tooling range with previous tooling prepregs available from TenCate Advanced Composites. The range comprises of the HX-series and the collaboration with 3M’s nanosilica fortified resin technology. TenCate AmberTool composite tooling prepregs are available directly from TenCate Advanced Composites in the UK and USA. It is also sold exclusively in mainland Europe by the official TenCate AmberTool distributor Axson Technologies. TenCate, a producer of compos- ites for space and aerospace, protective fabrics and geosyn- thetics, announced its acquisition of Amber Composites, a UK-based manufacturer of prepregs for the industrial and automotive markets, early this year. “This comprehensive range of tooling products offers complete tooling design freedom sold by a proven team of experts who are consistently delivering successful composite tooling solutions on a global basis,” adds Nick Tiffin, Director Marketing and Sales Europe, TenCate Advanced Composites TenCate Advanced Composites; www.tencate.com 2025. ENLIGHT will act as an open innovation platform, through the collaboration of EUCAR (the European Council for Automotive R&D), CLEPA (the European Association of Automotive Suppliers) and EARPA (the European Automotive Research Partners Association), integrating valuable insights from other EU research projects with a holistic design approach. DSM is also one of the founding partners in AZL, the Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production, along with suppliers as Ashland and TenCate, and car manufacturers Opel and Toyota. The aim of AZL is to develop automated production of load- and cost-optimised lightweight components, suitable for mass production and versatile process chains in composite and multi-material design. DSM; www.dsm.com Carbon fibre reinforcements bring success in America’s Cup TeXtreme® spread tow carbon fibre reinforcements from Oxeon have contributed to the dramatic America’s Cup win of the Oracle Team USA. Swedish company Oxeon is a preferred supplier to the team of TeXtreme spread tow carbon fibre reinforcements and has contributed to weight savings and improved mechanical perform- ance on selected composite parts. TeXtreme is an optimised premium carbon fibre reinforce- ment used in applications needing weight savings and high performance. The fabrics are produced by spreading carbon fibre yarns into thin unidirectional (UD) tapes that are used to weave a fabric. The AC72 catamarans used in the 34th America’s Cup races can reach speeds on about 46 knots, which equals 75 kph/46 mph. The weight of an AC72 wing is the same as a small car, but it is 26 times the height with its 40 m/131.2 ft. Andreas Martsman, vice-presi- dent - Marketing & Sales, Oxeon adds: “We are extremely happy to see Oracle Team USA winning this prestigious title and are glad for whatever part TeXtreme has had in this success. Alongside victories in Formula 1, Tour de France and Stanley Cup we are very proud to add Americas Cup to that list of achievements made by TeXtreme users. Oxeon; www.oxeon.se

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TECHNOLOGY

REINFORCEDplastics NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 201312 www.reinforcedplastics.com

DSM launches thermoplastic composites for automotiveDSM IS LAUNCHING a range of

thermoplastic composites, based

on polyamide resins with various

fi bre reinforcements, which is

initially aimed at the automotive

industry.

The company says that

composites containing

carbon fi bres based on DSM’s

EcoPaXX® polyamide 410 (PA

410), Akulon® polyamide 6 (PA 6)

and Stanyl® polyamide 46 (PA

46), will facilitate signifi cant

weight reduction in automobile

body and chassis parts. Glass

fi bre reinforced composites will

be targeted at reducing the

weight of semi-structural

components.

“Car makers around the world

continue to improve the fuel

effi ciency and sustainability of

their products. Over the years,

thermoplastics have provided

various solutions, in the form of

lightweight components and

systems in the passenger

compartment, in bodywork, and

under the hood [bonnet]. DSM

materials have proven important

in making this trend to replace

metal by plastics possible, in

such applications as the air bag

system and the oil sump. Now

it’s time for the next step, with

advanced thermoplastic

composites,” says Rein Borggreve,

Global Research and Technology

director, DSM.

DSM is a partner in the 4-year

ENLIGHT (enhanced lightweight

design) project, which also

includes car companies Jaguar

Cars, Renault, Volkswagen and

Volvo. Part of the European

Union’s Seventh Framework

Programme, ENLIGHT aims to

accelerate the technological

development of a portfolio of

materials, which together off er a

strong potential to reduce weight

and overall carbon footprint in

medium-to-high volume electric

vehicles (EVs) that could reach

the market between 2020 and

TenCate launches

AmberTool

tooling prepreg

rangeFOLLOWING ITS PURCHASE of

Amber Composites, TenCate

Advanced Composites has

merged a number of composite

tooling products into the

TenCate AmberTool® prepreg

range. The TenCate AmberTool

thermoset portfolio incorporates

the original Amber Composites

tooling range with previous

tooling prepregs available from

TenCate Advanced Composites.

The range comprises of the

HX-series and the collaboration

with 3M’s nanosilica fortifi ed

resin technology. TenCate

AmberTool composite tooling

prepregs are available directly

from TenCate Advanced

Composites in the UK and USA.

It is also sold exclusively in

mainland Europe by the offi cial

TenCate AmberTool distributor

Axson Technologies.

TenCate, a producer of compos-

ites for space and aerospace,

protective fabrics and geosyn-

thetics, announced its acquisition

of Amber Composites, a UK-based

manufacturer of prepregs for the

industrial and automotive

markets, early this year.

“This comprehensive range of

tooling products off ers complete

tooling design freedom sold by

a proven team of experts who

are consistently delivering

successful composite tooling

solutions on a global basis,” adds

Nick Tiffi n, Director Marketing

and Sales Europe, TenCate

Advanced Composites

TenCate Advanced Composites;

www.tencate.com

2025. ENLIGHT will act as an

open innovation platform,

through the collaboration of

EUCAR (the European Council for

Automotive R&D), CLEPA (the

European Association of

Automotive Suppliers) and EARPA

(the European Automotive

Research Partners Association),

integrating valuable insights from

other EU research projects with a

holistic design approach.

DSM is also one of the founding

partners in AZL, the Aachen

Center for Integrative Lightweight

Production, along with suppliers

as Ashland and TenCate, and car

manufacturers Opel and Toyota.

The aim of AZL is to develop

automated production of load-

and cost-optimised lightweight

components, suitable for mass

production and versatile process

chains in composite and

multi-material design.

DSM; www.dsm.com

Carbon fibre reinforcements bring success in America’s Cup

TeXtreme® spread tow carbon

fi bre reinforcements from Oxeon

have contributed to the

dramatic America’s Cup win of

the Oracle Team USA. Swedish

company Oxeon is a preferred

supplier to the team of

TeXtreme spread tow carbon

fi bre reinforcements and has

contributed to weight savings and

improved mechanical perform-

ance on selected composite parts.

TeXtreme is an optimised

premium carbon fi bre reinforce-

ment used in applications

needing weight savings and

high performance. The fabrics

are produced by spreading

carbon fi bre yarns into thin

unidirectional (UD) tapes that are

used to weave a fabric. The

AC72 catamarans used in the

34th America’s Cup races can

reach speeds on about 46 knots,

which equals 75 kph/46 mph.

The weight of an AC72 wing is

the same as a small car, but it is

26 times the height with its 40

m/131.2 ft.

Andreas Martsman, vice-presi-

dent - Marketing & Sales, Oxeon

adds: “We are extremely happy

to see Oracle Team USA winning

this prestigious title and are glad

for whatever part TeXtreme has

had in this success. Alongside

victories in Formula 1, Tour de

France and Stanley Cup we are

very proud to add Americas Cup

to that list of achievements

made by TeXtreme users.

Oxeon; www.oxeon.se

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