High-Performance Composites

MAR 2013

High-Performance Composites is read by qualified composites industry professionals in the fields of continuous carbon fiber and other high-performance composites as well as the associated end-markets of aerospace, military, and automotive.

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COMPOSITE TOOLING NEWS 20 | tencate expands reach and offerings with amber composites acquisition High Temperature Bond Tools • BMI • Epoxy Mill Fixtures Pressure Intensifiers / Cauls Backup Structure Materials • Panels, Tubes, Angles Backup Structure Kits :WK6WUHHW6RXWK●:LFKLWD.6 3KRQH●(PDLO6DOHV#%XUQKDP&6FRP high-performance composites T hermoplastic composites giant TenCate (Nijverdal, The Netherlands) reported on Jan. 16 that it has reached an agreement in its quest to acquire Amber Composites (Langley Mill, Nottingham, U.K.), a manufacturer of thermoset composites for the industrial and automotive markets. The deal is expected to accelerate TenCate's European market activities in the thermoset composite materials field. TenCate developed thermoplastic composites for the aviation industry 20 years ago, under the brand name TenCate Cetex. The company says this acquisition will help increase its U.S. and European presence in industrial and automotive composites, tooling materials and aerospace applications with a stronger and more balanced product portfolio that features both thermoplastic and thermoset composites. The move followed TenCate's recently announced alliance with BASF AG (Ludwigshafen, Germany) to develop, manufacture and commercialize thermoplastic composites suitable for high-volume automotive production, and the company's agreement with 3M (St. Paul, Minn.), aimed at increasing TenCate's presence in the U.S. tooling market. Tooling composites is a reported area of strength for Amber Composites. The recent acquisitions of PMC Baycomp (Burlington, Ontario, Canada) in North America and, now, Amber Composites support the company's expansion plans in this market.

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