LORD, MVC join forces in composite panel production

Brazilian FRP molder MVC will work with LORD to produce harvester panels for vehicles manufactured by Case New Holland in the U.S.

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Structural adhesives manufacturer LORD Corp. (Cary, N.C., USA) and MVC — a fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) molder in São José dos Pinhais, Brazil — report that they are working on the nationalization of harvester parts produced in the U.S. by Case New Holland (CNH). The project is expected to be finished by the beginning of 2011, and it comprises the manufacturing of hoods and side panels, both made out of FRP.

"This development also includes our U.S. technical staff, which provided all its expertise in order to support CNH during designing phase," says Andrios de Souza, account manager from LORD Industrial Ltda., a local subsidiary of LORD Corp. 

Several metal reinforcements are comprised to be bonded using LORD epoxy technology FUSOR 380-383 NS. In the U.S., such parts are manufactured with sheet molding compound (SMC). Still, MVC suggested CNH use light resin transfer molding (LRTM) technology, which ensures the same performance at lower costs, especially related to mold investments. 

MVC, supported by the CNH calculation and simulation center in the U.S., uses finite element methods and software specific for design. LORD also participates actively in this step, suggesting the best part shape and joining overlap in order to achieve maximum bonding performance.

The LORD and MVC partnership goes back to 1998, when LORD introduced the adhesive used by MVC to bond Volvo's NH truck hood.