RTP Co. has introduced very long fiber reinforced compounds at its Monterrey, Mexico, facility.
The project includes a pultrusion line to make VLF strands from glass fiber and thermoplastics. Strands are then cut to form pellets.
Eric Lee, business manager for structural products, said in a phone interview that the new VLF line complements others RTP lines in Minnesota, Indiana, Germany and China since the Monterrey startup in May.
RTP said the Monterrey line ensures consistent supply for global customers in Mexico, Brazil and other markets in South and Central America that make parts for consumer goods, automotive and other markets.
RTP said VLF compounds based on polypropylene, nylon and other engineering resins allow cutting weight, particularly important in automotive as OEMs strive to meet fuel efficiency standards.
“By adding VLF production capacity to our Monterrey plant, we are well positioned to meet the increasing demand for compounds that provide strong, rigid, yet lightweight solutions common to many application needs,” according to Lee.
Overall, RTP of Winona, Minn., produces thermoplastic compounds at 12 locations worldwide.