Katcon acquires license for composite automotive body parts from Magna Steyr

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  • Crush Core Wetpressing Technology: components are up to 70% lighter
  • Technology based on polyurethane and paper honeycomb core
  • Suitable for external body panels and other semi-structural parts

With effect of January 2016, the Mexican-based automotive specialist Katcon and Magna, a brand-independent engineering and manufacturing partner to automakers, signed a 10-year-agreement regarding the exclusive license of Magna´s Crush Core Wetpressing technology for class- A-surface for the mass-production of automotive body parts in Europe and the Americas.

Technology based on polyurethane and paper honeycomb core

Magna has developed this technology based on polyurethane and paper honeycomb core together with two partnering companies, Hennecke and Rühl Puromer, with the aim to achieve cost-efficient and competitive lightweight series-production for class A surface. It is a direct process, out-of-tool and ready-to-paint and includes the tool and equipment engineering.

Crush Core Wetpressing Technology: components are up to 70% lighter

Sandwich components manufactured with the Crush Core Wetpressing Technology are up to 70% lighter than traditional parts made in steel or even aluminium and offer functional integration advantages like acoustic isolation or design freedom at vehicles front side. Further advantages are integration of passive pedestrian protection for head impact as well as protection of upper and lower leg.

Suitable for external body panels and other semi-structural parts

The technology is also suitable for external body panels and other semi-structural parts like tailgates, hang-on parts, floor panels, doors, and even other industrial applications.

Katcon, an Automotive Tier 1 for exhaust systems, has made a multi-million Euro investment in composites with machinery from Hennecke, Engel, CMS and others to scale-up their production site in Poland and Mexico for large series production of composite parts, RTM and Thermoplastic Applications.

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