Lotte, Germany -- Frimo and Huntsman Polyurethanes are to work closely on the development of fibre composite solutions for the automotive industry, after signing a cooperation agreement. Both companies aim to exploit synergies and develop cost-effective solutions for high-volume composite manufacturing.
Both companies have made investments into new technology, and have set up composite development centres at their respective sites in Germany and Belgium.
Frimo specialises in process technology, and claims to offer a complete portfolio of tooling and equipment for polyurethane processing, as well as experience in Resin Transfer Moulding (RTM) processing technology. Huntsman Polyurethanes says it is a leading innovator and manufacturer of polyurethanes systems, with many years of experience of working in the automotive industry and understands the industry needs very well.
Huntsman has purchased a Frimo pilot production unit for its technical centre in Everberg, Belgium. This equipment, specifically designed for PU systems allows Huntsman to expand its tailor-made testing and validation capabilities for its new Vitrox range of matrix resins for automotive fibre composites,.
Andy Walton, Huntsman - Automotive business manager and Karl-Heinz Stelzl, Frimo director Advanced Technology said this agreement "is an important step forward in our development of advanced composite technology for the automotive industry. The industry needs innovative solutions that enable high volume scalability, whilst optimising and driving down fibre composite part costs." The aim is to deliver sustainable lightweight solutions.
PIC Signing the agreement: Front Nick Webster (Huntsman VP Europe) and Hans-Günter Bayer (ceoFrimo Group). Standing (l-r): Koen Peeters, Mervyn Laycock, Niki Revesz (all Huntsman), Karl-Heinz Stelzl (Frimo), Nick Limerkens (Huntsman), Armin Daniel (Frimo), Andy Walton and Heiner Jostmeyer (Huntsman)