Monterrey, Mexico – Katcon advanced materials has bought a 10-year licence to use Magna’s polyurethane based Crush Core Wetpressing technology for automotive body parts in Europe and the Americas.
PU Class A composites technology licensed
Magna a major automotive component supplier has developed the technology which is based on polyurethane and paper honeycomb with Hennecke and Rhul Purometer. The firm said the process is designed for series production of Class A surface parts directly out-of-the-tool and ready-to-paint. The agreement includes tool and equipment engineering.
Magna said, using the technology, bonnets for example, can be produced at 30% of the weight of steel equivalents at around 7.2kg, with fewer parts.
Katcon is a Tier 1 company originally founded in 1993 to make automotive exhaust systems. It said it has made “multi-million Euro investments with machinery from Hennecke, Engle, CMS and other to scale up production in Poland and Mexico to make composite parts in series production.”
Katcon ceo Fernado Turner said his company would be approaching automakers to bring the technology to market. In addition to working with Hennecke and Rhul, Katcon will be working with AMAC, a light-weight materials consulting firm.