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Global summit for users of EconCore´s lightweight ThermHex honeycomb core technology EconCore, world leader in lightweight thermoplastic honeycomb core technology, hosted their fourth technology summit in Leuven, Belgium at the end of last month.

[view details]26-11-2019

Composite-Sandwich Conference 2020 Save the date!

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EconCore showcases advanced honeycomb technology at JEC Asia 2019 World leader in technologies for economic honeycomb sandwich material production, EconCore, will be exhibiting at JEC Asia 2019 in Seoul, Korea on 13 – 15 November.

[view details]05-11-2019

From Organosandwich to component For the first time, several prototypes of an Organosandwich component will be displayed at the K trade fair in Düsseldorf.

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EconCore chooses MEAF 50-H34 extruder for R-PET honeycomb sandwich panels EconCore from Leuven (Louvain) in Belgium has chosen the high speed, energy efficient MEAF 50-H34 extruder for its trial production of recycled PET (R-PET) ThermHex honeycomb sandwich panels.

[view details]29-08-2019

EconCore showcases advanced honeycomb technology at JEC Asia 2019

[Published on: 05-11-19]

World leader in technologies for economic honeycomb sandwich material production, EconCore, will be exhibiting at JEC Asia 2019 in Seoul, Korea on 13 – 15 November.

The technology can use a variety of polymers, depending on the performance characteristics required. The patented ThermHex technology is available under license. It has been licensed to a number of market leading companies around the world, including three in Japan.

Applications for the technology include automotive, transportation, industrial packaging, and construction. Further applications using advanced plastics have also been developed.

EconCore licensee, Tata Steel produce a product they call Coretinium®. Combining a honeycomb core with Tata Steel’s Colorcoat Prisma® pre-finished skins, it provides excellent durability and strength whilst being much lighter than alternative products. The steel skinned sandwich material, with a very high rigidity to weight ratio is being used in road transport to replace GRP skinned Plywood panels, enabling Fleet companies to make significant savings from lower fuel costs and reductions in CO2 emissions.

Automotive interior is another area the technology is well-suited to. Due to the unique thermoformability of EconCore’s honeycomb sandwich panels, complex 3D items can be produced relatively easily and at low cost. This brings sizeable weight savings over conventional alternatives.

The option to use a range of composite skins with a polypropylene core, provide excellent rigidity, strength and impact resistance. Typical applications currently include trunk (boot) trim, door panels, headliner, seat-back, parcel shelf and bulkheads.

Tomasz Czarnecki EconCore COO, said: “EconCore brought the honeycomb structure, once reserved for high-end less cost sensitive domains, to the higher volume, mass markets. The cost efficiencies of the process and the significant weight savings offered by the honeycomb structure are without doubt the main drivers of success.”

The EconCore research and development team continue to focus on high performance thermoplastic (HPT) honeycomb technology. Applications using HPT honeycombs include aircraft and railway interior panels. The mechanical performance is superior to that of fire, smoke and toxicity (FSR) grades of foam cores. Parts can be thermoformed in an energy, time and cost-efficient single-step process, contrasting dramatically to the costly and labour intensive conventional alternative methods.

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