Cytec Industries Inc. (Woodland Park, N.J.) launched new products and accompanying technologies for serial automotive production. XMTR50 a new, two-part epoxy resin system, was developed specifically for the high-rate manufacture of components using a high-pressure resin transfer molding (HP-RTM) process, claiming a cycle time of three minutes at 120°C/250°F for a Tg of 135°C/275°F. MTM 23, the industry’s first application of a volatile-organic compound (VOC)-free thermoset vinyl hybrid resin, woven glass-reinforced prepreg, reportedly enables the manufacture of parts by press molding in five minutes or less. Cytec also introduced trademarked FM 3500 EZP peel ply, a resin-rich, fiber-free composite bonding product that reportedly eliminates the need for additional prebond surface preparation. Formulated specifically for one-piece removal, it exhibits handling properties that support manufacturing efficiency. The peel ply’s long shop life, durability during extended cure cycles and compatibility with most 177°C/350°F-cure prepregs allow for manufacturing flexibility.
Editor PickA tsunami of growth: An inside look at the CSP/Teijin merger
I had the opportunity to meet and interview the top executives of Continental Structural Plastics (CSP, Auburn Hills, MI, US) and Teijin Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan) last week. The occasion was an open house and celebration of the acquisition of CSP by Teijin.