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EconCore appoints aerospace honeycomb expert as CTO EconCore, world leader in thermoplastic honeycomb core technology, has appointed Olivier Rozant as Chief Technical Officer from January 2021.

[view details]15-02-2021

Fynotej announce two new automotive OEM contracts using EconCore’s honeycomb core technology EconCore’s thermoplastic, honeycomb technology is now being introduced into two of the world’s largest automotive manufacturers by non-woven specialists, Fynotej.

[view details]14-01-2021

EconCore joins Audi and others to develop composite battery casings EconCore is pleased to announce a partnership involving AZL, Audi and others to establish the potential of using composites for battery housings.

[view details]23-11-2020

Composite materials for lighter vehicles The automotive industry has long been seeking to find a cost-effective solution to weight reduction.

[view details]20-10-2020

EconCore proud to be key partner of sustainable concept LUCA car EconCore, is proud to be a major partner of an innovative project to build a car made entirely out of recycled materials by the TU/ecomotive team at Eindhoven University of Technology, launched on 8 October 2020.

[view details]08-10-2020

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.