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With the help of continuous-fiber-reinforced, semi-finished thermoplastic composites, structural parts with a large surface area can be designed to be very thin and therefore lightweight.
From October 19 to 26, LANXESS is exhibiting in Düsseldorf at K 2016, the world’s largest trade fair for plastics and rubber, and its theme for the event is “Quality Works”.
Frequently used for off-road assignments or for driving on extremely poor roads, jeeps and SUVs need to be fitted with particularly durable underbody panels. An innovative material solution for such custom parts is based on the continuous-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites of the Tepex brand made by LANXESS’s subsidiary Bond-Laminates GmbH.
The use of thermoplastics in the electrical and electronics industry (E&E) will continue to grow strongly in the future thanks to megatrends such as Industry 4.0, LED lighting and the digital networking of building services engineering, household appliances and entertainment electronics.
Polyamides reinforced with a high glass fiber content can also replace metals in commercial vehicles, as demonstrated by two air filter carriers, which will be installed in the Mercedes-Benz Actros starting early next year. These structural parts are made of Durethan AKV 50 H2.0 from LANXESS, a polyamide 66 with a glass fiber content of 50 percent by weight.
Demand is on the rise worldwide in the automotive industry for Tepex-brand continuous-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic semi-finished composites for lightweight construction applications.
The trend of manufacturing engine oil pans from plastic instead of metals such as aluminum is continuing to gain ground. For historical reasons, the plastic of choice to date has almost always been polyamide 6.6.
LEONHARD KURZ Stiftung & Co. KG and Bond-Laminates GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of specialty chemicals company LANXESS, have developed a new material combination and the associated mold technology to produce decorated housing parts with extremely thin walls in a single processing step.
Thermoplastics with good melt flow characteristics facilitate the design of large, thin-walled components of complex geometry. One example is a roller support for a food processor from a premium household appliance manufacturer.