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Thermhex proves a winner for lightweight sandwich panels

News International-French

10 Jul 2013

Panel Systems, one of the UK’s suppliers of bespoke sandwich panels has seen an increase of demand for Thermhex, an innovative polypropylene honeycomb material which was launched into the UK market at the beginning of 2013.

The company, which is the UK distributor for the product, has secured a series of major contract wins for Thermhex for applications in the commercial vehicle and caravan industry where the material offers substantial weight savings over traditional materials such as plywood. The low density of this product results in a weight saving of over 85% on a like for like thickness of plywood.

The innovative new material has recently received official approval from Germanischer Lloyd, the independent advisory body for the maritime industry, for use in shipbuilding. Thermhex is proving popular with shipbuilders who are keen to find ways to reduce the weight of their boats without sacrificing strength or durability.

Chris Ibbotson, Managing Director of Panel Systems, explains: “Businesses in the commercial vehicles and marine sector are looking to take weight out of their products. Thermhex combines strength and durability with low weight to provide major benefits. We have secured some major contracts already, with customers taking advantage of our bespoke design and fabrication capabilities.”

Thermhex is used for applications ranging from automotive, truck bodies, the marine industry, OEM, industrial equipment and caravan markets as it ensures rigidity in terms of its mechanical strength, as well as stability. It is also resistant to chemicals and moisture and 100% recyclable.

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