BASF SE and TenCate Advanced Composites are joining forces to develop more thermoplastic composites for high-volume auto production.
The effort, announced Oct. 25, will focus on TenCate's experience in thermoplastic composites for aircraft structures and interiors, but with BASF helping to tweak them for use in lighter-weight passenger vehicles.
BASF, based in Ludwigshafen, Germany, will contribute its expertise in thermoplastic resins to develop special variants of Ultramid nylon, Ultradur polybutylene terephthalate and Ultrason polyethersulfone product lines.
Lighter-weight materials are important for a global auto industry that is facing increased demands for improved fuel efficiency. Composites already are used in the automotive industry, but OEMs and their suppliers are working on ways to meet higher-volume production and processing demands.
TenCate, based in Almelo, also is part of a consortium that cooperatively is developing composites for the auto industry.