LANXESS Expands Thermoplastic Composites Capacity

September 17, 2019

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LANXESS Expands Thermoplastic Composites Capacity
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Specialty chemicals firm LANXESS announced Monday that its subsidiary, Bond-Laminates GmbH, recently commissioned two new production lines for Tepex brand continuous-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites at its Brilon, Germany facility. 

“We have increased our capacity for manufacturing Tepex by around 50% and, in doing so, are responding to the strong demand in the mass production of highly stressable components for lightweight vehicles and consumer electronics,” Christian Obermann, managing director of Bond-Laminates, said in a press release.

A new 1500-sq-m building was erected to house the new lines. LANXESS made an investment in the “mid single-digit millions” to complete the project. The company installed three cutting machines, which includes a four-head waterjet cutting machine used in prefabricating component cuts. With the addition of the new assets, the Brilon facility now has eight production lines.

In the automotive industry, Tepex is used in lightweight structural components like brake pedals and underbody paneling. The product is also used in consumer electronics products like helmets, bicycle components, and shoe soles. 

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