Katcon completed installation of their CCW-CLA Production line in Mexico | NewsLIGHT #15 | Katcon

This past semester, Katcon Advanced Materials completed the installation of their first CCW-CLA (Crush Core Wet Pressing with Class A Surface) production line in Monterrey, Mexico. This multimillion Euro investment consists of state-of-the-art equipment such as a Graco High Flow Spray unit, an Engel V-Duo Press and a Hennecke Streamline Metering System. It has been fully automated with Fanuc Robots, is capable of producing more than 50,000 CCW-CLA components per year, and will cut development time to less than half.

CCW-CLA is a technology developed by Magna Steyr for making lightweight body panels with Class A surface in a composite sandwich technology. Such parts have proven to be 60% lighter than traditional parts made in steel, aluminum or SMC and offer additional advantages such as enhanced acoustic isolation, thermal transfer, integration of passive pedestrian protection for head impact, among others.

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Components are manufactured using an innovative crush core sandwich made from paper honeycomb and glass fabric impregnated with polyurethane resins. After the composite is done, parts are painted Offline to achieve Class A color and appearance needed by Automotive OEMs.

Katcon is currently working on Development projects with four different Automotive OEMs focusing on lightweight Hoods and Roofs and is aiming to start production runs on 2020. If you would like to receive more information regarding how Katcon and Magna can support your Body lightweight initiatives, please contact us at oscar.salinas@katcon.com.

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