Borealis: Inbetriebnahme einer neuen Compounding-Anlagenlinie in Monza, Italien

Borealis ist ein führender Anbieter innovativer Lösungen in den Bereichen Polyolefine, Basischemikalien und Pflanzennährstoffe. Für Engineering-Anwendungen in der Automobilindustrie bietet Borealis eine breite Palette innovativer Kunststoff-Produkte und Dienstleistungen, die einen echten Zusatznutzen für seine Kunden und Partner auf der ganzen Welt schaffen.

Im Rahmen der „Driving Tomorrow“-Initiative informiert Borealis über die Inbetriebnahme einer neuen Linie für Langglasfasern in Monza, Italien.

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Seminar: Potential of Thermoplastic Composites! (Brussels)


The EATC-Group has launched a new seminar which will takes place first time in Brussels on the 29th april 2014.

This new seminar brings together a unique collection of topics and speakers and provides a practically-oriented, in-depth overview of applications using thermoplastic – in particular long fibre reinforced – composites.

Register now – Discover the potential of thermoplastic composites!

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EATC expert task force meeting at Johns Manville plant in Trnava

For their February meeting the EATC group was invited to visit the Johns Manville plant in Trnava, Slovakia.

The regular meetings of the EATC normally take place in the AVK office in Frankfurt.

This time EATC member company Johns Manville invited the group to their seminar rooms at the plant in Trnava. The highlight of this meeting was the round tour through the plant for Johns Manville´s fiber production.


Self Reinforced Polymer Composites: New Materials and Processing Methods Explained

The 1st Information Event of the ESPRIT Project took place on 18th January 2012 in Kaiserslautern

The ESPRIT project has a duration of 3.5 years, the end date being March 2012. Goal of this project is the development of Self Reinforced Polymer composites (SRP’s).

In the first 2 years the partners developed a new material group which are all thermoplastic composites based on the principle of having a reinforcement and matrix of the same basic polymer family which offers the advantages of being lighter in weight for
equivalent stiffness, having improved recyclability and much improved impact resistance.

On 18th January 2012 the partners of the ESPRIT project presented their first results to the potential end users like Toyota, Samsonite etc., at the Information Event in Kaiserslautern.

Photo: ESPRIT Information event on 18th January 2012 in Kaiserslautern

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Johns Manville invests more than €50 million in European Glass Fiber plant

Trnava, February 15, 2012 — Johns Manville (JM), a market-leading manufacturer of glass fiber products, today confirmed its plans to expand current fiber production capacities in its Trnava, Slovakia facility. The investment involves replacing and expanding a furnace, which is expected to be operational by the end of September 2012. Products from this manufacturing process are used to reinforce both engineered thermoset and thermoplastic polymers in addition to supplying internal demand.

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EATC Show-Car on the road again

The EATC Show-Car was on the road again.
It was presented at this years COMPOSITES EUROPE from the 27th-29th september in Stuttgart next to the AVK/EuCIA booth.

At this occasion the EATC members have renewed the show car and allocated some new parts (see picture).
You can download the new part list by using the following link.

New members of EATC

We are very proud to welcome two new members to our Alliance:
Borealias as well as van Wees have decided to join our special network for thermoplastic composites.

With about 5.100 employees wordwide and customers in more than 120 countries, Borealis is a leading provider of chemical and innovative plastics solutions.
For more information about BOREALIS please visit

Van Wees is leader in UD and Crossply technology. A high quality, high volume production method with the lowest possible costs for the production of technical textiles and composite materials. In our engineering department and Research and Technology Center we develop machines, new products and processes. For manufacturing and installation we can rely on the experience gained since the start of the company in 1945. To learn more, please visit

Johns Manville launches new Engineered Glass Fibers Products for thermoplastic reinforcements

Johns Manville (JM) launched recently a host of new ThermoFlow® and StarRov® LFTPlus products for glass reinforcements of engineered thermoplastics with a strong emphasis on improved property performance and increased productivity for compounders.

StarRov® 490 LFTPlus Roving continues JM’s innovation in long fiber thermoplastics (LFT).  Through the use of unique JM sizing chemistry, we can reduce the odor impact of polypropylene LFT compounds with new StarRov® 490 LFTPlus. According to VDA270 odor analysis, odor is reduced by 0.5 to 1 point while still offering premium impact and strength performance. This new offering will further boost the use of polypropylene in critical interior automotive components.

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ESPRIT Project – Latest News

Chesterfield Parish ChurchAVK/EATC attendance at the ESPRIT meeting Q8 at NetComposites in Chesterfield, UK 28th-29th September 2010 

During this meeting the results of the last quarter’s work has been presented by the partners. There are variations on Self Reinforced Polyolefins (srPO), Self Reinforced Nylons (srPA) and Self Reinforced Polyesters (srPet) and some processing trials have been carried out in order to qualify the material to the specific processes such as injection moulding, compression moulding and extrusion. Since these materials are very critical to heating, heating by microwave, induction and other heating sources has been investigated and processing parameters defined.

(Technical Bulletin ESPRIT Oct 2010)

The next steps for 2011 will be the applications of the materials to case studies. Here the members of the EATC group can participate with their know how, experience and market overview.

A summary of the meeting results will be given at the next EATC meeting in Frankfurt, AVK office, 9th December 2010 by Dr. Egon Moos, Röchling Automotive.

BASF – New member of EATC

We welcome BASF as the newest member of EATC.

At the same time, BASF enters the market for high-performance polyamides with long glass fiber reinforcement. At the K 2010, the company will be presenting its first products from the Ultramid® Structure family with this special reinforcement.

This new BASF product group represents a considerable increase in performance and is targeted at metal replacement since Ultramid® Structure offers new opportunities when even highly optimized short glass fiber-reinforced products have reached their limits. The company is starting with a basic assortment of PA 6 and PA 66 grades with long glass fiber contents between 40 and 60 percent.

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