Two pioneers of thermoplastic composites have created a strategic partnership for global sales and marketing — Cato Composite Innovations BV and AMAC GmbH.
Cato, based in the Netherlands, manufacturers lightweight parts and components for aircraft interiors, personal ballistics protection, consumer electronics, luggage and sporting goods. Cato can make series production from 1,000 to 1 million products a year, using a manufacturing method or monolithic, forged, sandwich and hybrid parts from thermoplastic composite.
AMAC in Aachen, Germany, is an industrial and business consulting company focused on lightweight construction. AMAC CEO and fpounder Michael Effing is chairman of the board of the German trade associations Composites Germany and AVK.
Joost van Lindert, Cato's co-founder and CEO, said:: "Over the last five years, we have developed integrated production technology and have invested in people as well as in equipment for automated mass production capabilities. Our focus lies now on the market development."
Effing said the move toward thermoplastic composites is driven by the mass production requirements and shorter cycle times, and the need for automated and repeatable processing.
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