PolyOne, Xenia to cooperate on carbon fiber composite development

Thermoplastic resins specialist PolyOne and carbon fiber specialist Xenia will target metallic and thermoset composite applications for conversion to carbon fiber/thermoplastics composites use.

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PolyOne Corp. (Cleveland, Ohio, USA), a global provider of specialized polymer materials, services and solutions, on May 8 announced that it has signed a cooperation and supply agreement with Xenia Srl Unipersonale (Milan, Italy), a specialist in development and production of high-end polymer solutions reinforced with carbon fibers. The agreement offers customers support to transition from metal or thermoset resins to thermoplastic composites in high-end applications, enabling lightweighting, improved process efficiency and productivity.

Both PolyOne, with its OnForce long-fiber reinforced materials, and Xenia, with its XECARB carbon fiber reinforced materials, have substantial experience helping customers successfully replace metal and thermoset parts with those made from thermoplastic composites.

The cooperation with Xenia enhances PolyOne’s ability to work with customers to optimize the transition from metal or thermoset parts to those that will benefit from thermoplastic solutions. As part of this cooperation, PolyOne will offer customers design and prototyping assistance to speed their projects to market.

“PolyOne has extensive expertise in metal and thermoset replacement using OnForce LFT long fiber materials,” comments Holger Kronimus, general manager, Engineered Materials Europe. “With Xenia, we have identified a company that will support our efforts to help customers enhance performance and profitability.”

Xenia president Fabio Azzolin adds, “Xenia’s carbon fiber reinforced XECARB materials are already selected for use in high-end applications such as racing and sport components and in mechanical parts. Working with PolyOne, we intend to become the foremost European supplier of these materials across an even broader spectrum of applications than we enjoy today.”

As part of the agreement, PolyOne will market Xenia’s materials in Europe, excluding Italy. Xenia will promote and market carbon fiber-reinforced grades of PolyOne’s OnForce materials in Italy.