Umeco (Heanor, Derbyshire, U.K.) says that it is in the process of developing an automated manufacturing system for the high-volume production of automotive structures and components. The system consists of carbon fiber/epoxy prepreg formats that are first cut and kitted on a cutting table, then transferred to a preforming tool and loaded into a compression molding machine for processing. The automated system can handle all types of prepreg material but is focused on using Umeco’s Dform products. Ultimately, Umeco will develop and market a range of prepreg materials that will snap-cure in three to four minutes in a press-forming process, which puts the whole system in line with automotive production volume requirements.
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.