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EconCore presents its innovative technology for the production of economic honeycomb sandwich materials at CAMX 2017

Door insert based on natural fiber composite faced honeycomb sandwich. Over 50% weight saver compared to conventional solutions. 
(Photo: © 2017 EconCore, ECNPR004)EconCore will be presenting its innovative technology for the continuous production of honeycomb sandwich materials at CAMX 2017, the composites and advanced materials expo taking place in Orlando, FL, on December 12-14. The high-speed, high-efficiency continuous process can produce honeycombs from a wide range of thermoplastics and laminate them in-line with skin materials of various types. The high level of integration helps ensure exceptional cost-effectiveness, not possible with conventional technologies. It is ideal for companies operating in cost-sensitive applications, including automotive and transportation, industrial packaging, and building & construction.

Implementing Lightweight Honeycomb Core Technology

Summit participants tour EconCore facilities during two day gathering on implementing lightweight honeycomb core technology. 
(Photo: © 2017 EconCore, ECNPR003)Industry leaders in commercial transportation, industrial packaging, building materials, automotive interiors and other application markets gathered in Belgium earlier this month for a Technology Summit focusing on EconCore’s patented ThermHex process. The purpose of the biennial event hosted by EconCore, the world leader in new technologies for economic sandwich material production, is to promote the exchange of new developments and experiences in the implementation of lightweight honeycomb core manufacturing technology between established, new and potential future licensees of the technology. The cumulative knowledge from the shared experiences provides significant benefits across the value chain of all participants.

New TPE series for 2-component automotive applications with EPDM

Window trim and sealing profiles made of EPDM with molded THERMOLAST® K corner joints and end elements. (Photo: © 2017 KRAIBURG TPE)At this year’s Fakuma in Friedrichshafen KRAIBURG TPE will present a new series of Thermoplastic Elastomers that were specially developed for excellent adhesion and UV resistance in two-component applications with ethylene propylene diene monomer rubber (EPDM). The new compounds of the THERMOLAST® K family are intended primarily for automotive applications such as EPDM window trim and sealing profiles with moulded TPE corner joints and end elements.

High-quality drinking bottles and beverage cups with seals made of food compliant TPEs

OMNI LINE drinking bottle from TIMOLINO made of copolyester with Flip Top, including a seal made of food compliant THERMOLAST® K from KRAIBURG TPE. 
(Photo: © 2017 KRAIBURG TPE)For absolutely leak-proof sealing of its versatile OMNI drinking bottles and CRUISE beverage cups, Timolino uses a Thermoplastic Elastomer from KRAIBURG TPE that combines permanent elasticity with food compliance fully in accordance with FDA regulations and EU directive 10/2011.

Toyota adopts lightweight honeycomb solution based on EconCore’s ThermHex technology for latest hybrid model Prius PHV

Toyota adopts lightweight honeycomb solution based on EconCore’s ThermHex technology for latest hybrid model Prius PHV. 
(Photo: © 2017 EconCore, ECNPR001)Japanese automotive OEM Toyota has adopted an interior part using unique honeycomb material solution for its new hybrid model Prius PHV launched earlier this year. The solution, based on ThermHex thermoplastic honeycomb core technology developed by EconCore, is implemented in the trunk cover of the car. This was achieved thanks to developments of Gifu Plastic Industry Co. from Japan using technology licensed from EconCore. Due to its combination of strength and rigidity and optimized material performance, the ultra-low weight honeycomb delivers weight savings of 50 % as a core part inside the trunk cover compared to previous conventional material set-ups based on cardboard and metal.

Diehl Aircabin and EconCore combine to develop aircraft interior modules based on thermoplastic honeycomb

Diehl Aircabin and EconCore are developing aircraft interior modules based on thermoplastic honeycomb.
(Photo: © 2017 EconCore, ECNPR002)Thermoplastic honeycomb technology specialist EconCore has joined forces with Diehl Aircabin to develop next- generation solutions for aircraft interior modules during a European Commission funded project. The two companies envisage a new highly cost-effective process for creating modules by thermoforming and functionalizing mono-material sandwich panels in a single step.

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