Group of companies invests in future of SMC
Sheet Molding Compound (SMC) refers to plate-shaped, dough-like pressing compounds of thermosetting reaction resins and glass fibers for the production of fiber-plastic composites. A promising material for the manufacture of lightweight components, which is an increased and later application for fiber-reinforced plastics. A consortium of its own company hatched up to promote the further development of Sheet Molding Compound (SMC). The companies are launching a joint market and technology study on 12 September 2017, which will lead to a new high-performance generation of the material.
Dr. Thierry Renault, Manager of Partnerships at Faurecia Composite Technologies: “SMC is without any doubt “the” composite technology that is trusted by the automotive industry. There is for sure a strong renewed interest for standard SMC and also for its many evolutions and innovations that are now referred as High-Performance SMC. The industry needs to clearly define the potential, advantages and drawbacks for new products that can be targeted for with these materials. The AZL platform relies on the strong scientific background of the Aachen University and research institutes and its industrial members to give us a better view of where the market of High-Performance SMC is going.”
Peter Schmidt, Managing Director of Polynt in Miehlen, Germany also emphasizes the importance of taking SMC to the next level: “SMC has a long history at Polynt. We joined the study as the AZL offers us a platform to develop a high-performance version of SMC with enhanced raw materials, recipes and processes. This will allow us to open new application areas or to reactivate existing applications. In our view, it is important that at the AZL members of the entire value chain – from raw material to OEM – are actively involved in this initiative over the next months.”
In order to elaborate design guidelines, promote targeted development and open up new business opportunities, the goal of the study is to elaborate detailed knowledge about SMC applications, technology and simulation methods.
“SMC is a traditional and important process for large-series which can achieve an attractive price-performance ratio by using new resins and fibers. We, at Mahr Metering Systems develop new metering and mixing techniques to replace batch processes with continuous processes. The target is to achieve increased flexibility of the recipe and constant quality of the production process. The AZL Platform offers us the opportunity to discuss requirements of the process with established SMC producers and processors,” states Dr. Reiner Karl, Managing Director of Mahr Metering Systems GmbH.
Scope and content of the study have been developed in close collaboration with the AZL Industrial Workgroup as one of several collaborative research and development initiatives to build a “toolbox” for high-performance SMC.
Read the entire press release at this link.
Find details on the study at this link.
Register for the Kick-Off-Meeting here.