EconCore hosts fourth technology summit in Leuven | NewsLIGHT #15 | EconCore
EconCore, world leader in lightweight thermoplastic honeycomb core technology, hosted their fourth technology summit in Leuven, Belgium at the end of last month.
The technology is licensed worldwide and the event, held every two years, is an outstanding opportunity for all licensees to learn how others are using the patented technology and to share their experiences.
This year the event drew delegates from across Europe, North America and Asia. Industries represented included commercial transport, automotive, industrial packaging, construction and furniture manufacturing.
Each licensee delivered a presentation to share their own commercial journey with the thermoplastic honeycomb technology and new applications the products are being used for. This included automotive interior components and lightweight solutions for trucks and trailers. Other applications ranged from panelling for the construction industry, underlay flooring solutions and industrial packaging to acoustic absorption panels and outdoor furniture.
The end-product is a lightweight thermoformable panel, with desirable performance characteristics that can be produced very cost effectively and used in a wide range of industry sectors. EconCore supports current and future licensees in their application development and in the integration of EconCore technology into their production lines.
EconCore shared the latest research findings in developing the technology for future applications. Wouter Winant, Technical Manager for EconCore, delivered sessions on research to produce a honeycomb core using RPET material. This brings major cost reductions from using 95% recycled material along with a significantly lower CO2 footprint.
EconCore CEO Dr Jochen Pflug said: “It’s inspiring to see how each company is using the technology in such different ways. At EconCore we’re continuing to carry out research using advanced plastics. This is particularly relevant for applications in rail and aerospace with more stringent FST (fire, smoke, toxicity) regulations.
“We share findings on the exploratory work we’ve carried out into new markets and how a honeycomb core can offer an improved solution over conventional products. There are many more viable applications across the world that we have yet to address, and I’m very optimistic about the future of the EconCore honeycomb core technology.”
Currently there are over 12 licensees who are using the honeycomb sandwich production technology, offering innovative solutions in their respective industries. For more information, visit www.econcore.com.