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Specialty chemicals company LANXESS has its own stand at this year’s Plastics in E&E Applications conference, hosted by the Süddeutsches Kunststoffzentrum (SKZ).
LANXESS announced plans to further strengthen its integrated production complex for polyamide and precursors for plastics in Antwerp.
Increasing numbers of automotive manufacturers are using Tepex continuous-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composite semi-finished products from LANXESS for the lightweight design of parts in large series production.
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.
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”.
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.