TenCate agrees to use 3M thermoset resin

TenCate will use 3M's Matrix Resin for the manufacture of customized prepregs for a variety of composites applications.

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3M (St. Paul, Minn., USA) and Ten Cate Advanced Composites USA Inc. (Morgan Hill, Calif., USA) announced on Oct. 14 a commercialization and supply agreement that allows TenCate to purchase 3M Matrix Resin for the creation of customized prepregs.

3M Matrix Resin is a proprietary resin technology that, when combined with design and process expertise, reportedly can produce stronger, lighter, more durable composite parts and structures. 3M says the proprietary resin technology makes it possible for manufacturers to avoid the traditional tradeoff between toughness/flexibility and stiffness/hardness; instead, the resin improves performance properties on both ends of the scale, says the company.

“As a technology enabler, 3M is looking for best-in-class partners who recognize the value of innovative products and ideas,” said Vic Genco, General Manager, 3M Engineered Products and Solutions. “TenCate has a long history of being a world leader in the industries it enters and 3M is excited to pair that experience with our own to bring this innovative technology to new markets.”

“An innovation can only be considered useful when it enables our customers to make progress, and that’s just what this agreement with 3M is going to do,” says Joe Morris, vice president, TenCate Advanced Composites USA Inc.

3M reports that it is looking into additional applications for this product line, including those in sports and recreation, and industrial markets.