TenCate qualifies thermoplastic composites with global automotive customer

TenCate Advanced Composites will focus on structural parts and other components which are crucial for the integrity and safety of passenger vehicles, including hybrid and electric cars, for unnamed automotive industry manufacturer.

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TenCate Advanced Composites (Nijverdal, The Netherlands and Morgan Hill, Calif.) announced on Dec 12 that it has successfully qualified to supply carbon fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composite material for a leading but as yet unnamed global automotive customer.

Reportedly, the customer-specific development phase for a structural automotive application has been completed, marking the end of the qualification process. Structural integrity tests of the final product will begin.

The strategic focus of TenCate will initially focus on structural parts and other components which are crucial for the integrity and safety of the vehicle. The company says the demand for lightweight structures in hybrid/electric and electric cars for daily use will grow in the coming years. TenCate expects this to be a gradual process that will evolve through codevelopment efforts with partners that supply the automotive industry in close cooperation with OEMs.

Dave Clarke, global group director, TenCate Advanced Composites says, “The strategic goal of TenCate is to use our leading position in thermoplastic composites and established industrial manufacturing capabilities to generate solutions for the automotive industry. TenCate has achieved its current position over the past few decades, it says, mainly in the aerospace industry with its trademarked TenCate Cetex product portfolio.

Tencate contends that production of lightweight vehicles in larger volumes will become a reality through the use of fiber-reinforced thermoplastics. "These advanced materials can substantially speed up and industrialize manufacturing processes for parts and components," says Clarke. "Carbon fiber-reinforced composites will in the future no longer be used only in Formula 1 and high-end sports car production, but also be a critical part of mainstream, modern and fuel-efficient vehicles.”

TenCate Advanced Composites is a leader in the development and production of thermoplastic and thermoset prepreg composites for various industries. Its product portfolio is incorporated in automotive products, medical equipment and numerous other applications. TenCate Advanced Composites has production facilities and operations in North America, Europe and Asia.

Parent firm Royal Ten Cate (TenCate) is a multinational company that combines textile technology with related chemical processes and material technology in the development and production of functional materials with distinctive characteristics.

For more information, contact F.R. Spaan, corporate director, business development and investor relations, Tel.: +31 546 544 977, +31 612 96 17 24 (cell); E-mail: ir@tencate.com; Web site: www.tencate.com.