TenCate signs Northern Composites to rep new line of tooling prepregs

Northern Composites will serve as an eastern U.S. representative for TenCate regarding 3M's tooling prepregs and materials.

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TenCate Advanced Composites North America (Morgan Hill, Calif., USA) announced on May 7 that Northern Composites (Hampton, N.H., USA) will serve as an eastern U.S. representative for TenCate regarding tooling prepregs and materials.

As reported in 2012, TenCate and 3M (St. Paul, Minn., USA) have joined forces to market and support 3M's line of tooling prepregs featuring 3M's patented matrix resin technology. This 3M innovation uses nanosilicas to create a more durable, robust and dimensionally accurate tool for the fabrication of composite parts.

Northern Composites will have responsibility for supporting customers in the eastern half of the United States. Joe Johnson, tooling product manager at TenCate Advanced Composites, says, "TenCate is very pleased to be working with Northern Composites. They have hands-on experience building composite tools with customers and offer a complete line of materials from adhesives to mold releases to consumables. Northern Composites has a long and successful track record of offering world class service and technical support".

Dick Hewett, sales manager of Northern Composites, states, "This opportunity combines the strengths of TenCate Advanced Composites and Northern Composites from a customer support perspective while offering leading edge new technology from 3M for the growing composite tooling market."