Through the agreement, ISK, a private German engineering firm, will deliver their technical expertise in Bakelite materials, part production, mould design and moulding process optimisation to North American customers. For more than 15 years, ISK has worked with leaders and research organisations to generate collaborative projects and technology transfer across areas of injection moulding and composites technology.
Cedric Ball, automotive business development manager for Momentive Specialty Chemicals said;
Weight reduction, and increasingly, temperature management are top concerns among automobile manufacturers, the exclusive agreement reached with ISK helps us bring established technical solutions to customers in North America.
Bakelite engineering thermosets have stood the test of time when called upon for high heat and chemical resistance in various applications. Evolved from the original Bakelite materials created by Dr. Leo Baekeland in 1907, modern versions of Bakelite materials have found use again in automotive under-the-hood components as cost-effective, lightweight replacements for steel and cast aluminium parts.
Much of the application development of the Bakelite thermoset resins for the European automotive market originated from the engineering expertise of Iserlohner Kunststoff-Technologie GmbH (ISK). Now, in a collaborative effort between MSC and ISK, future North American programs are being supported with the same expertise and time-tested performance that have gone into European-produced cars and trucks.