DSM Composite Solutions (Schaffhausen, Switzerland) announced on Sept. 16 the opening of a new Menzolit Compounds International GmbH (Heidelberg, Germany) sheet molding compound/bulk molding compound (SMC/BMC) compounding plant in Shanghai, dedicated to production of materials for domestic Chinese and other Asian market's manufacturers, as well as for international automobile, transportation and electrical manufacturers who are or will be in production in China in the near future.
The arrival of this new plant, which DSM says represents a major commitment to the industry in China, creates a new local opportunity for cooperation between Menzolit and long-time industry partner DSM Composite Resins, which has resin production facilities in nearby Nanjing.
DSM Composite Resins already supplies resins and other ingredient products used in the SMC-BMC compounding process to Menzolit’s four production facilities in Europe. With the opening of the new Shanghai plant, this relationship will expand to China. Together, the two companies will work to support and educate the local market, with the aim of developing high standards for production quality.
Founded 60 years ago in Germany, Menzolit is among largest producers of fiber-reinforced compounds in the world. DSM Composite Resins is among the largest producers of structural resins in Europe and has particular expertise in the development and production of specialized resins for SMC/BMC production, with a strong focus on the automotive sector.
In other DSM news, the company announced that it received an award for best innovation in composite resin materials at the International China Composites Expo, Sept. 17-19 in Shanghai, China. Competing against 120 other entrants, DSM Composite Resins applied for the innovation award with a new resin technology used in the Olympic sailing boat of the Dutch Olympic sailing team that won the silver medal in the Olympic sailing race in Beijing last August.
The material is being trialled to make the boats’ hulls stronger, lighter and more stable. DSM’s technology increased the rigidity of the boat by 120 percent, making it 200 percent stronger and reducing its weight by 2.5 percent. This also minimizes energy loss for maximum speed and reduces swing, which proved to be a decisive factor in the short-wave environment of China’s coastal waters, where the Olympic sailing race took place.
DSM’s engineers optimized the standard certified hull for the 470 class by adding a new special resin for extra stiffness and weight reduction in the polyester laminate. DSM also used the new gelcoat Neogel Eco that reduced the weight in the coating layer by 15 percent.