Cytec opens high-volume processing Application Centre

The Centre, in Heanor, UK, will focus on developing automation and processes to facilitate high-volume manufacturing of thermoset and thermoplastic composites parts.

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Cytec Industries Inc. (Woodland Park, NJ, US) opened on Dec. 4 its new Application Centre in Heanor, UK, adjacent to its existing manufacturing and R&D sites. This opening, says Cytec, is a key milestone in its strategy to develop new composite products and technologies to serve the high-volume production markets such as automotive. Cytec invested $13 million in the facility.

The Application Centre emphasizes automation in material handling and processing, with special focus on development of volumes of up to 100,000 units per year. With the facility, Cytec is positioning itself as a facilitator of manufacturing solutions for automotive applications involving the use of thermoset and thermoplastic materials.

“The opening of the Cytec Application Centre is an exciting time for the company – it is the next step in our strategy to work collaboratively with our customers in the development of volume production technologies for composite manufacture which will be key to the future of mass transportation” said Markus Aschauer, vice president, Cytec Industrial Materials.

Cytec has developed new materials such as rapid-cure thermoset prepregs and high-pressure restin transfer molding (HP-RTM) resin systems, and is now working with partners and customers to develop application technologies to enable the refinement of these new materials and their use for part manufacture, demonstrating to customers how our materials can be used in a high-volume production setting.

“Application engineering, the ability to integrate design, materials and part manufacturing, is a key enabler to the increased adoption of composites and is a core competence Cytec has built over several years. This new center will allow us to further exploit this competence and expand our solutions offering to meet the affordability and high-rate needs of our customers,” said Carmelo Lo Faro, Cytec chief technology officer.

Our new center capability ranges from press molding and injection equipment to robotics for automated pick and place, material formatting, trimming as well as recycling and 3D printing capabilities. We are excited about the opportunity to invite our customers to work jointly with us in this new centre."

Cytec provides advanced composite and process materials for aerospace, automotive, wind energy, motorsport, marine, mass transportation and other demanding applications. The company's focus on technology and application expertise allows customers to adopt more efficient manufacturing approaches. The company's product portfolio supports the end-to-end manufacturing of composite parts and includes tooling, fiber, prepregs, resin systems, vacuum bagging, adhesives and surfacing films.