3A Composites (Sins, Switzerland), the parent company of Baltek Inc. (Colfax, N.C.) and Sins-based Airex AG unveiled at JEC Europe 2014 what it characterized as a “completely new technology platform” for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) foam core materials, under the tradename AIREX GEN2. The company’s second-generation PET foam reportedly features a very homogenous cell structure, yet has enhanced mechanical properties compared to its predecessor, AIREX T92. Although the new foam core, like the old, is both recycled and recyclable, its formability and processability are superior. Thanks to a lean and highly automated production process, GEN2 reportedly will offer customers a considerable total cost savings in the end application. Philipp Angst, director of product management, says, “GEN2 marks an important milestone in the further industrialization of structural foam core materials and will leverage the use of PET foam cores in yet more applications.”
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