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EconCore's Organosandwich

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thermoplastics. Composite sandwich
materials are produced by the inline
bonding of skins to the honeycomb.
According to Jochen Pflug, the
transport sector is a focus area, with
EconCore's material being used in
truck floors and walls as well as in the
trunks and floors of passenger cars.
"The drive for lightweighting is an
important factor for our growth - this
reached 20% last year, and we expect
this to continue," he said. "Next to
lightweight benefits, the material also

has cost benefits: the inline production process also saves on resources."
Thanks to an EFRE-funded project
with the Fraunhofer IMWS, EconCore's subsidiary ThermHex can now
also produce thermoplastic sandwich
composite materials inline, made
from thermoplastic honeycomb cores
bonded to thermoplastic - PP or PA
- composite skins reinforced with
continuous glass fibres. "Instead of
an organosheet, it's an Organosandwich," said Pflug. "It is an intrinsically
stiff material , so no ribs are needed
- functionality is added with injection

moulding. It is extremely cost efficient
and processed in fast cycles." This, he
said, is an enormous improvement
with many advantages for weight
and cost savings, especially for automotive parts.
Electric vehicles also offer a promising use: a new application for the
company's Organosandwich material
is that of battery housings, as the material can provide the impact resistance properties required by the automotive industry. "The main goal to
reduce the global CO2-emission can
be achieved by replacing heavy parts

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