Gurit (Zurich, Switzerland) announced on Nov. 15 that it has won a contract for supply of PET core materials for a wind blade application in China. Starting in 2011, the core material will be produced locally in China where Gurit is currently installing a PET extruder. The two-year contract is worth a medium single-digit millions of Swiss Francs.
Gurit is currently installing a PET extruder in Tianjin, China, in order to manufacture a standard range as well as kitted PET structural core material for the Chinese Wind Energy market locally in China. "The installation of the new equipment, scheduled to be finished before the end of the year, will allow Gurit to produce the same quality and grades of PET core materials in and for China as we are currently producing in Europe," says Rudolf Gerber, general manager of Wind Energy at Gurit.
PET, says Gurit, is regarded as a future key core material for wind energy applications. Produced in a continuous extrusion process, PET,is not only cost effective but also offers beneficial physical properties for wind energy applications. This thermoplastic material is recyclable and can be reused in the process.