Thursday, September 22, 2016

SGL Group Starts Precursor Line for Carbon Fiber Production

SGL Group has celebrated the inauguration of the production line for precursor at its FISIPE site in Lavradio, near Lisbon in Portugal. Precursor is a polymer-based fiber which is used as the main raw material for the production of carbon fibers. The production line has been set up by converting and enhancing parts of the existing production facility in Lavradio. 

Investment of 30 Mn for Precursor Production Line:
The build-up has been completed last month following four years of research and development, construction work and qualification procedures. Over this period, in total, 30 million euros have been invested in Lavradio into different elements of the precursor production including the spinning line. As part of the global production network of SGL Group, the precursor from Portugal is being used as of September for the production of our new generation of high-end industrial SIGRAFIL carbon fibers in Moses Lake, Washington State (USA) and Muir of Ord (Scotland). The carbon fibers will then be used in various applications in the automotive, aerospace, as well as in other industries. 

Completion of Value Chain for Carbon Fiber Based Solutions:

“With the new precursor line at our Lavradio site we now have the complete value chain of high-quality carbon fiber materials available in-house to further support our customers in developing and utilizing innovative lightweight solutions” comments Andreas W├╝llner, Chairman of the business unit Composites – Fibers & Materials (CFM) at SGL Group.


Development of Lavradio Facility


In addition, the completion of the precursor production line is also a consequent and successful step of further developing the business and set-up of the FISIPE site in Lavradio, Portugal. Having been founded more than 40 years ago, FISIPE has established as a specialist for acrylic fibers. Under the umbrella of SGL Group – which acquired FISIPE in April 2012 – the acrylic fiber business is maintained while the precursor production has been set up. 

“With around 350 employees in Lavradio and a production site of more than 200,000 qm now also including the new state-of-the-art precursor production line, we are proud to contribute to the further build-up of highly innovative composites and thus help to establish more and more fascinating lightweight solutions around the world. I would like to sincerely thank all colleagues involved in this project for their great support and engagement.” says Stefan Seibel, Managing Director at FISIPE in Lavradio.

Precursor Production – Profitable Growth


The precursor production is part of SGL Group’s path forward towards sustainable profitable growth targeting a 50 percent sales increase until 2020 in the fields of composites and graphite materials and systems. In future, the Company will focus on supporting and accelerating developments linked to the megatrends of mobility, energy, and digitalization.


Source: SGL Group

PolyOne Offers Metal-replacing Thermoplastic-based Material for Cosmetic Closures

Metal-replacing Gravi-Tech™ density modified materials from PolyOne give packaging designers and brand owners a means to convey quality and sophistication. Luxury cosmetics closures made using Gravi-Tech formulations give customers the texture and weight of metal, while also providing more design freedom than metals.

Design Freedom for Cosmetic Packaging Designers

Cosmetics brand owners are increasingly seeking new ways to engage consumers by appealing to their senses through luxury packaging.

Consumers are exposed to an ever-increasing number of choices, In order to stand out, brand owners want to interact with buyers earlier in their consideration process, and packaging design can help to foster that connection.

Darcy Meyers, global marketing director of packaging at PolyOne, said:
“A product’s package has the ability to connect with customers in a way that can communicate a brand’s value and quality. Sensory branding is so powerful that it evokes an anticipation of experience, essentially creating an expectation of performance for the consumer. We’re helping brands to design this experience into their cosmetics packaging with distinctive materials and finishes.”

PolyOne’s packaging solutions, including color and material options, work to engage consumers by creating an indulgent brand experience.
Gravi-Tech™

Gravi-Tech™ polymer-metal composites are unique, high-density materials developed as thermoplastic-based alternatives to lead and other traditional metals. These materials have been formulated using select metallic fillers and engineering thermoplastic resins to have densities similar to traditional metals, while also providing the design flexibility and processing ease of conventional thermoplastics.

Source: PolyOne Corporation

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

3A Composites’ Thermoplastic Rigid Foam Wins Airbus Qualification


3A Composites has won qualification from Airbus for its AIREX® R82.80 rigid high performance core, which is well-suited for aerospace sandwich applications.
Composites for Aerospace Industry

AIREX® R82.80 receives Airbus prerequisite due to:
Outstanding fire resistance,
Exceeding most stringent flammability and smoke density,
Exceeding heat release and toxic gas emission requirements such as FAR 25’853.

AIREX® R82.80 follows lower density than AIREX® R82.60 in obtaining Airbus qualification.

Eric Gauthier, President of Global Key Accounts at 3A Composites Core Materials said:
“We are excited to continue expanding our relationship with Airbus and delivering solutions to the aerospace industry”. 

Properties of AIREX® R82

Thermoplastic rigid foam 
Exhibits outstanding strength and stiffness to weight ratios
High impact resistance
Excellent dielectric properties
Very low moisture absorption

All of these make AIREX® R82 an exceptional thermoformable core material for use in structural applications that demand lightest weight, highest fire resistance, radar transparency or operation in extremely hot or cold environments. 

This demonstrates 3A Composites continuing focus on providing innovative solutions to sustainably fulfill its evolving customers’ demands. 

Source: 3A Composites Core Materials

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Solvay doubles carbon fiber manufacturing capacity for aircraft structural applications in US

Solvay inaugurates a carbon fiber production line at its U.S. Piedmont Facility, South Carolina, doubling production capacity of a key raw material to make carbon fiber reinforced composite materials and meeting increasing demand for lightweighting composite materials in the aerospace industry.

The new production line has won qualification by The Boeing Company to manufacture secondary structures such as wing movable flaps and engine nacelles, as well as interior applications.

The expansion covers the facilities and equipment to convert acrylonitrile monomers into standard modulus carbon fibers. This type of fiber is used to manufacture composite materials which have been pre-impregnated for use in applications on commercial and military planes.

“Through this strategic capacity expansion we offer our customers greater supply capabilities and contribute to their increased needs for reinforced composite materials to reduce weight and fuelconsumptionandto reduce assembly costs by integrated part design. For Solvay this production expansion results in greater flexibility to strengthen our growth ininnovative composite materials and our leading position in the industry,” said Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, CEO of Solvay.

Carbon fiber composite materials’ durability, strength and fatigue life allow them to increasingly and securely replace metals on aircraft, reducing their weight, noise and CO2 emissions. In addition, composites enable the molding of multiple sub-components into one assembly part, lowering the number of parts required as well as the assembly costs.

Source:SOLVAY


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