SMC components are finding increasing application in the automobile and utility vehicle sectors. They are associated with various advantages such as low density, high thermal and chemical stability, dimensional stability and an achievable class-A quality surface appearance. SMC enables lightweight construction solutions in application areas that are characterized by stringent requirements regarding mechanical, chemical and thermal stress.
We are active in the field of material and process development for the compounding and extrusion compression molding of SMC. This includes for example formulation development, the implementation of novel resin systems and reinforcing fibers, the development of new production units for semi-finished products and improved process control in component manufacture. The main focus is class A surfaces, lightweight SMC, locally reinforced SMC components, and the processing of nanoparticles and natural and carbon fibers.