Quadrant Plastic Composites AG has launched a production line in Lotte, Germany, to compression mold its new composite engineering material called Symalite, which is aimed at the automotive sector.
The composite material, based on polypropylene and specially oriented glass fibers, is designed for large-format, lightweight, nonstructural components offering high rigidity and/or noise absorption, according to Lenzburg-based QPC.
Application areas for Symalite include vehicle interior parts such as head linings, loading surfaces and sun shields, as well as exterior components for the underbody and noise control.
Symalite parts can be laminated directly with sensitive decorative materials because of the low molding force employed, according to the company.
The company has invested almost $10 million to expand its Lotte plant to accommodate the new production.
QPC's new product, which already is being used by the German automotive industry, complements the firm's existing range of glass-mat thermoplastic composites.
Those composites are used as substitutes for steel, aluminum and magnesium alloys as well as for industrial and thermoset plastics.