Thermoset and thermoplastic composite materials specialist TenCate Advanced Composites (Almelo, The Netherlands) reported on Feb. 6 that it has signed a new two-year partnership contract with AZL Aachen GmbH, the Center for Integrative Lightweight Production in Aachen, Germany. The contract relates to joint development of composite material solutions for emerging volume markets such as the automotive industry and the oil and gas industry.
AZL Aachen GmbH, located at RWTH Aachen University, aims to develop the automated production of strength- and cost-optimized lightweight components, suitable for mass production and versatile process chains in composite and multi-material design. The partnership between TenCate and AZL Aachen as industrial service provider will focus on increasing the productivity of manufacturing processes and reducing the manufacturing costs for thermoplastic and thermoset composites.
TenCate entered into cooperation with AZL Aachen as one of the founding partners in 2013. Last year extensive technology and market screening was conducted at AZL Aachen for the joint development of composite material solutions for emerging volume markets. This was carried out in close cooperation with other leading composite technology partners like BASF, DSM, Johnson Controls, Opel, SAERTEX, Toyota and Sabic.