New Prepreg Facility
Since 1966, Ensinger has been active in the field of engineering
polymers. Today, the corporate groupís
range of products and services covers the entire value-added
chain Ė from compounding and extrusion, injection
moulding and stock shapes
through to finished components.
In the business area of thermoplastic
added some years ago plates and
components made from fibre-reinforced
for applications in the
Now the Ensinger Group has
invested further in the field of
composite materials; at the
Cham site (Bavaria), a new facility
has been commissioned for the production of thermoplastic
prepregs. Ensingerís range now encompasses
thermoplastic, continuous fibre-reinforced semipregs and
prepregs, organosheets and compression moulded composite
plates from a wide range of material combinations.
Among the composite materials being produced by Ensinger
at the new facility in Cham are thermoplastic
semipreg materials (TECATEC
CP). These single layer semipregs
made from carbon or glass fibre
fabrics are coated with thermoplastic
matrix materials. The materials
here range from engineering
polymers such as polycarbonate
and polyamides, to high-performance
plastics such as PEI, PEEK
and PEKK. Alongside stock materials,
its in-house compounding
allows Ensinger to also address
most customer requests.
Also new to the portfolio are thermoplastic prepreg
materials (TECATEC IP). These are fully impregnated and
consolidated, single layer plies made from carbon or glass
fibre fabrics. With these prepregs, the full range of matrix
polymers is available. In addition, Ensinger offers customized
matrix and fibre combinations, fibre architectures
or matrix materials on request.
All semipreg and prepreg products from Ensinger can
be processed further into organosheets, thermoplastic
composite parts or stock shapes.
Thermoplastic organosheets are multi-layer, fully impregnated
and consolidated fibre composite materials
produced from carbon fibre or glass fibre fabrics and a
variety of matrix materials. The organosheets (TECATEC
OS) from Ensinger consist of several layers of prepreg or
semipreg material, which are stacked according to the
customerís specification and then consolidated to form
a laminated organosheet with a thickness of up to 5 mm.
The organosheets offered on coils or as plates can be
used for thermoformed parts or for the straightforward
manufacture of thicker parts.
Continuous fibre-reinforced thermoplastic composites
are particularly suitable for use in the automotive industry,
in medical technology, in engineering and in the oil
and gas sector. For high-end applications in aviation, light
and high-strength thermoplastic composites have now
become indispensable. Sports goods such as bike components
or winter sports equipment are an additional
growth market for these modern composite materials.
For more information, contact Ensinger, 365 Meadowlands
Blvd., Washington, PA 15301, 800-243-3221/856-
227-0500, Fax: 724-746-9209, E-mail: email@example.com, Web: www.ensingerplastics.com/composites.