Composites manufacturer Continental Structural Plastics (CSP, Auburn Hills, Mich.) announced on Oct. 23 that it has moved into its new 70,000-ft2 (6,500m2) world headquarters facility. Located at 255 Rex Blvd. in Auburn Hills, the new location expands and enhances CSP’s composite material research, formulation and design capabilities with an R&D center; executive, sales and administrative offices; an employee fitness center; several state-of-the-art conference rooms; and a 3,300-ft2 (305m2) showroom and visitor center.
“The goal is to better serve our customers domestically and around the world,” said Frank Macher, chairman and CEO of CSP. “The new facility allows us to accommodate growing customer needs in durable, lightweight solutions, diversified-composite formulation and sustainability.”
CSP’s 29,000-ft2 (2,690m2) R&D and Prototype Center is staffed by a team of chemists, chemical engineers, polymer engineers, materials scientists and technicians, who collectively hold four Ph.Ds, four MS degrees and five BS degrees. The facility’s expanded features include a prototype sheet molding compound (SMC) line that has been refurbished and upgraded to handle carbon fiber. Also in-house are a 50-ton, 100-ton, and a new 200-ton press suitable for molding test plaques and parts. Provisions have been made to expand into resin transfer molding (RTM) and thermoplastic composite development and to acquire additional equipment, including a larger press for molding prototype automotive parts and a second compounding line for fabricating carbon fiber SMC and prepreg.
CSP’s new Polymer Development and Analysis Lab includes thermal analysis testing (DSC, DMA, TMA, and TGA), optical and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), chemical property testing (FTIR/infrared spectroscopy, and EDS/energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy) and a fully equipped mechanical and physical property test area. In addition, the center contains a wet lab that is suitable for polymer synthesis and chemical testing. The Engineering and Prototype area is equipped with paint booths, conditioning ovens, environmental and salt-spray chambers, coordinate measurement machine (CMM) tables and a machining area for building test fixtures.
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