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Owens Corning joins BASF and TenCate alliance for thermoplastic automotive composites

Owens Corning, the leading global producer of glass fiber reinforcements for composite systems, formally announced its inclusion in a strategic alliance with BASF and TenCate Advanced Composites. The goal of the alliance is to develop optimal solutions in thermoplastic composites for automotive mass production. (Earlier post.)

In this strategic alliance: BASF contributes comprehensive knowledge in the production and formulation of thermoplastic resins; TenCate Advanced Composites brings its expertise in composites manufacturing; and Owens Corning brings the technology to develop superior and tailor-made fabrics and glass reinforcement solutions.

Global emission standards for vehicles continue to increase the need for lighter vehicles that maintain strength and durability. Compared to metal parts, fiber reinforced plastic composites can be from 30 to 50% lighter. Thermoplastic composites thus help increase fuel efficiency in automobiles and reduce costs for consumers. Thermoplastic processing also dramatically reduces production cycle times. Additionally, these products have no limitations in shelf life and can be recycled.

"A dramatic reduction in processing cost will be essential for the success of composite materials in automotive lightweight construction. Continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastic composites, such as tapes and laminates used in thermoforming processes, have huge potential for structural parts. By working together with Owens Corning and TenCate we form a strong alliance for the development of these thermoplastic composites.

—Dr. Martin Jung, Head of Structural Materials Research and spokesman for BASF Research toward the automotive industry

The alliance with Owens Corning, BASF and TenCate combines leading glass fiber, resins and thermoplastic prepreg technology which is essential for enhancing innovation power and building a reliable supply chain for automotive composites.

—Dave Clark, Global Group Director of TenCate Advanced Composites



All material changes leading to much lighter vehicles are welcomed. Most major car manufacturers will resist but the advantages will be so obvious that they will get on the train before 2020 or so.

Non-rusting, longer lasting, future composites with NCC will eventually replace many steel and even aluminum parts and components.

Future mid-size e-cars weight, with higher performance (5X) batteries, will be reduced to under 2000 lbs and have e-range equivalent to current ICEVs (700+ Km). Ultra quick full recharges will not take more than 15 minutes. Partial recharges will take a lot less.


People forget that the orginal VB bug, Mini, .. mult-million car sellers were under 1500 pounds.

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