EconCore and Renolit to deliver greater strength and rigidity to lightweight structure

The two companies had been exploring the various issues of light-weighting, modular design, easily formable and rigidity for the automotive and other markets. Renolit was also seeking to improve properties of, chemical, thermal, water-resistance and rot-resistance.

EconCore and Renolit to deliver greater strength and rigidity to lightweight structure

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It was quickly concluded that the EconCore honeycomb technology was the solution, while EconCore could see that Renolit would be able to innovate and find new uses for the product, and so EconCore granted Renolit a license for the continuous production of honeycomb panels.

Renolit’s R&D team got to work exploring the issues and quickly saw that EconCore’s honeycomb would produce a very high level of rigidity offering weight savings at the same time. Both companies quickly saw the potential for other applications, such as furniture, using various thermoplastic materials.

Using a composite skin and PP honeycomb core the required material properties can be achieved. Renolit deployed the honeycomb in their Gorcell range of products. Though starting in the automotive sector, it is now also used in a wide range of applications, for example flight cases, outdoor kitchens, truck superstructures, and bakery panels.

“Working with RENOLIT has shown that our honeycomb technology delivers a range of benefits across a wide spectrum of applications. They have really taken it up, run with it and pushed it into areas we wouldn’t have dreamt of. We look forward to continuing this ground-breaking work with RENOLIT in industries as diverse as automotive, caravans, outdoor & garden or beach furniture manufacture.”

Bianka Nagy, Marketing Communications Manager at EconCore

More recently Renolit is selling through a subsidiary for the first time into the B2C market with products for gardens, balconies and terraces, such as tissue boxes, plant & high beets and fences. The honeycomb is enabling a systems solution for the area around the house and garden so that garden furniture, storage options and privacy screen fit together beautifully in design.

Having developed the technology over a number of years to meet the desired specification of the market, EconCore’s honeycomb has enabled Renolit Gorcell to overcome several technical challenges, such as panel planarity, reduced golf ball effect, and smooth, scratch free surfaces.

“EconCore’s honeycomb technology really stood out for us when we needed to create solutions that were light-weight which looked terrific for a variety of applications. The impact on surface properties is astounding. Using the continuous manufacturing process, we have been able to supply to Europe and have projects that span the rest of the world. Having a product that is strong, yet light weight, is exactly what we needed when creating products as diverse as storage boxes, furniture, caravan building and automotive interior. Renolit Gorcell has that versatility.”

Axel Kulke, Sales & Marketing Director Composites at Renolit

Renolit Gorcell has benefits, such as special decorative surfaces and most importantly, is that light weighting and has excellent technical performance. It also combines with an aesthetic surface finish, giving a wood-like décor.

Next steps are that Renolit is optimising the production line to further improve the efficiency of the process and is also exploring further applications for Renolit Gorcell.

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