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PlastiComp adds LFT pultrusion line for carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastics

News International-French

5 Mar 2014

PlastiComp, a global leader in long fiber thermoplastic (LFT) materials and technologies, announced that it has commissioned a pultrusion compounding line dedicated to producing carbon-fiber reinforced LFT composite compounds at its Winona, Minn., manufacturing and corporate headquarters location.

PlastiComp offers a broad portfolio of carbon-fiber reinforced LFT composite compounds in resins from polypropylene to PEEK that are available with weight fiber loadings from 20 to 50%. Using carbon-fiber reinforcement, LFT composites offer up to 50% reduction in weight along with increased strength and stiffness while retaining toughness that is similar to equivalent glass fiber reinforced LFT materials. Additionally, carbon-fiber reinforcement enhances fatigue and creep properties while also providing high electrical and thermal conductivities. These products have surface resistivity values of 0.2-0.5 Ω/sq. for antenna reception and EMI shielding capabilities in the 40-80 dB range.

The carbon-fiber pultrusion line is located in a plant-within-a-plant facility featuring special air handling and isolated electrical equipment to provide the safest operating environment possible. The new line is the only one in the compounding industry to be dedicated solely to manufacturing carbon-fiber reinforced LFT composite compounds.

Carbon-fiber reinforced LFT thermoplastics can be used for a wide range of applications in aerospace, automotive, electronics, energy, and sporting goods markets. They are ideal for applications that are weight sensitive, require high performance solutions that provide the best strength-to-weight ratio available, or benefit from the efficiencies of injection molding manufacturing.

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