Hexion partners with KDC for high-volume automotive composites

Hexion Inc. has signed an agreement with Kangde Composites Co. Ltd. to collaborate on high volume carbon fiber production methods for use in the automotive market.


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Hexion Inc. (Columbus, OH, US) announced March 6 that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Kangde Composites Co. Ltd. (KDC, Langfang, China) to collaborate in the development of high volume carbon fiber production methods for use in the automotive and other appropriate markets.

KDC has built a world-leading carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) industrial value chain that includes carbon fiber, textile, stacking, preforming, forming and post-treatment, while using a fully automated production line in Langfang, China. KDC also operates the KDX Europe Composites Research and Development Center in Weyarn, Germany, providing product development, process development, material testing, process simulation and advanced technology research.

Hexion has introduced many innovations in thermoset composite systems suitable for mass production and covering various application fields and process technologies. The company has focused on leveraging its thermoset resin technology for the production of high-strength, weight-saving composite parts in a wide range of automotive applications through its portfolio of advanced epoxy and phenolic resins, curing agents and additives.

“We are pleased to partner with KDC in advancing the industrialization and mass production of composites,” says Francis Defoor, Hexion's Automotive segment leader. “Hexion has more than 50 years of experience in the composites industry and is committed to making significant investments in support of CFRP development for large production volumes in the automotive sector. Our expertise in epoxy chemistry as well as our application and process know-how make us a leading development partner for lightweight composite technology.”