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New epoxy system from Momentive Specialty Chemicals enables reliable, mass production of carbon-reinforced automotive structural components

News International-French

10 Apr 2012

Specialty Chemicals Inc., a leading global supplier of epoxy resins and curing agents to the automotive industry, introduced a new, more efficient epoxy system for mass producing lightweight carbon-fiber structural components at the JEC Europe 2012 Composites Show.

The new system, a combination of Momentive Specialty Chemicals’ EPIKOTE™ Resin 05475 and EPIKURE™ Curing Agent 05443, enables direct infusion of carbon fiber material using industrial scale High or Low Pressure Resin Transfer Molding (RTM) process equipment, with curing in less than 5 minutes.



“Carbon-fiber reinforced epoxy composites can deliver weight savings of up to 60 percent compared to conventional steel designs,” says Nipesh Shah, Vice President, Global Marketing and Business Development of the Company’s Epoxy, Phenolic and Coatings Division. “Our new system makes switching to epoxy composites for the chassis, semi-structural parts and exterior body more attractive because it makes production faster and more predictable.”



The EPIKOTE Resin 05475/EPIKURE Curing Agent 05443 system features low viscosity, a relatively long injection window, excellent wetting and adhesion to carbon fibers, and superior thermal and mechanical performance.


About Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc.

Based in Columbus, Ohio, Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. (formerly known as Hexion Specialty Chemicals Inc.)  is the global leader in thermoset resins. Momentive serves the global wood and industrial markets through a broad range of thermoset technologies, specialty products and technical support for customers in a diverse range of applications and industries.


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