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US Momentive starts German lab for lightweight composites

March 29/2012

(finance) -- Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc., the global leader in thermoset resins, today announced the start-up of its Transportation Research and Application Center in Duisburg, Germany.

TRAC researchers will develop and test custom lightweight structural composite solutions for clients in the automotive, aerospace and mass transportation markets. The laboratory will complement existing research and development (R&D) facilities worldwide where Momentive business units have been working with these industries for many years, creating new resins, products and solutions, and providing technical support.

The Transportation Research and Application Center (TRAC) will be sited at Momentive Specialty Chemicals' Duisburg plant, already an important epoxy production and R&D facility which develops new formulations for a range of end uses. The availability of fast-reacting formulations now allows slow Resin Transfer Molding (RTM) processes to be replaced with fast-molding methods.

Driving down cycle times for composite components can help minimize cycle times for automotive applications. The new lab will house a state-of-the art dosing/injection unit and press from Cannon, specifically engineered for the rapid production of small-batch epoxy composite test components conforming to a wide array of process and customer conditions.


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