Evonik Industries has launched its Composites Project House for spring 2013, the project house will look to develop new materials and system solutions for the lightweight construction sector.
Among the topics addressed will be automotive and aviation applications and applications in the domain of renewable energies. Having established the Composites Project House, the specialty chemicals company is intensifying its strategic research for resource-efficient, sustainable solutions, particularly in the field of mobility.
Dr. Dahai Yu, Evonik’s Executive Board member responsible for the Specialty Materials segment said;
Our aim in setting up the Composites Project House is to expand our expertise in the field of composites. Innovative composites will make it possible to improve resource efficiency significantly at the same time.
In some market sectors, the composites market is growing by a double-digit percentage. Evonik has been offering composites for specific applications in the lightweight construction industry for some time now: Rohacell as a structural foam in fibre-reinforced composite parts, Vestamin as the hardener component for duroplastic matrix systems, and Vestakeep as a matrix for thermoplastic composites.
The issues being worked on at the project house are current and future customer requirements such as rapid, profitable processability of the composites. Evonik wants to develop materials that can be processed as quickly as thermoplastics but that are ultimately similar to duroplastic composites which have a high level of mechanical stability and do not deform under pressure.
In the project houses run by Creavis, Evonik’s strategic research and development unit, experts from several operating units and external experts work together on issues that will expand Evonik’s product and technology portfolio and drive forward research until it is ready for use. The research findings are then commercialized by Evonik’s operating units or an internal start-up.