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

The applications which were already produced with the new materials were:

  • Stiffening plate for wheel arch liner (AMG Mercedes)
  • Rear diffusor (Bentley Continental)
  • Ext. Engine Cover (Volvo)
  • Instrument and door panels
  • Acoustic modules
  • Cockpits via SAS
  • Grab handle bracket
  • Shin Guard
  • Rod stabilizer
  • Orthotic Pre form
  • Orthotic Flat sheet
  • Helmet
  • Airbag cover
  • Nail gun Magazine
  • Fan blade
  • Foot plate
  • Battery holder
  • SunVisor
  • Shoe caps (Induction demonstrator)
  • Green house fan blade
  • Climbing frame cover
  • Fire hydrant/Tank cap

There are many more applications where SRP’s can potentially replace standard unreinforced polymers or glass-reinforced thermoplastic composites.

Esprit is an SME targeted collaborative project part-funded by the European Commission. It has 12 partners from 8 European countries and a total budget of nearly 6 million Euros.

The partner of the project:
AIMPLAS,  AVK, EATC, Celstran, Comfil, Fibroline, Fricke und Mallah Microwave Technology, IVW, NetComposites(coordinator), PEMU, Polisilk, Promolding and Regloplas.

Further information about ESPRIT project and the partners can be found at:


The research leading to these results has received
funding from the European Community‘s Seventh Framework Programme
NMP-2007-2.4.1 under grant agreement 214355

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