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Owens Corning joins thermoplastic auto composites alliance

TenCate and BASF have welcomed Owens Corning, a leading global producer of glass fibre reinforcements for composite systems, as partner in their strategic alliance for thermoplastic automotive composites. The goal of the alliance is to develop optimal solutions in thermoplastic composites for automotive mass production.

19th March 2013

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Almelo

Sustainable, Transport/​Aerospace

 

TenCate and BASF have welcomed Owens Corning, a leading global producer of glass fibre reinforcements for composite systems, as partner in their strategic alliance for thermoplastic automotive composites. The goal of the alliance is to develop optimal solutions in thermoplastic composites for automotive mass production.

 In the strategic alliance Owens Corning brings the technology to develop superior and tailor made fabrics and glass reinforcement solutions, where BASF contributes comprehensive knowledge in the production and formulation of thermoplastic resins, and TenCate Advanced Composites brings its expertise in composites manufacturing.

“Global emission standards for vehicles continue to increase the need for lighter vehicles that maintain strength and durability. Compared to metal parts, fibre reinforced plastic composites can be 30 to 50% lighter. Thermoplastic composites help increase fuel efficiency in automobiles and reduce costs for consumers. Thermoplastic processing also dramatically reduces production cycle times. Additionally, these products have no limitations in shelf life and can be recycled,” explains the alliance.

 Owens Corning is a leading global producer of residential and commercial building materials, glass-fibre reinforcements and engineered materials for composite systems.  Celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2013, the company is a market-leading innovator of glass-fibre technology with sales of $5.2 billion in 2012 and approximately 15,000 employees in 27 countries on five continents. 

 BASF’s portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. The company posted sales of €78.7 billion in 2012 and had more than 113,000 employees as of the end of the year.

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. The company has production facilities and operations in North America, Europe and Asia. 

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