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Thermoplastic honeycomb technology reduces the Hyundai Creta’s trunk floor weight by 20% EconCore, a specialist in lightweight thermoplastic honeycomb core technology, and DPA Moldados, a tier 1 automotive supplier, have developed innovative technology which has reduced the weight of the Hyundai Creta’s trunk floor by 20%.

[view details]25-05-2020

Recycled PET honeycomb now commercially viable using EconCore’s technology Recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) honeycomb is now commercially ready and available to licence from EconCore.

[view details]12-03-2020

EconCore celebrates new licensing agreements and presents new application developments at JEC World 2020 EconCore, world leader in lightweight thermoplastic honeycomb core technology, is celebrating the announcement of new licensees at JEC World 2020 in Paris, France.

[view details]20-01-2020

Low & Bonar licenses EconCore’s thermoplastic honeycomb technology - Revolutionary flooring underlay being launched at Domotex show Global advanced fabrics company, Low & Bonar have signed a license agreement with EconCore, the thermoplastic honeycomb technology leader, for the use of their honeycomb technology.

[view details]13-01-2020

Automotive interior tier one supplier Kotobukiya Fronte sign license to use EconCore’s thermoplastic honeycomb production technology EconCore, the technology provider for continuous production of thermoplastic honeycomb sandwich materials, has signed a license agreement with Kotobukiya Fronte, a leading manufacturer of car interior components, headquartered in Japan.

[view details]07-01-2020

EconCore showcases advanced honeycomb technology at JEC Asia 2019

[Published on: 05-11-19]

World leader in technologies for economic honeycomb sandwich material production, EconCore, will be exhibiting at JEC Asia 2019 in Seoul, Korea on 13 – 15 November.

The technology can use a variety of polymers, depending on the performance characteristics required. The patented ThermHex technology is available under license. It has been licensed to a number of market leading companies around the world, including three in Japan.

Applications for the technology include automotive, transportation, industrial packaging, and construction. Further applications using advanced plastics have also been developed.

EconCore licensee, Tata Steel produce a product they call Coretinium®. Combining a honeycomb core with Tata Steel’s Colorcoat Prisma® pre-finished skins, it provides excellent durability and strength whilst being much lighter than alternative products. The steel skinned sandwich material, with a very high rigidity to weight ratio is being used in road transport to replace GRP skinned Plywood panels, enabling Fleet companies to make significant savings from lower fuel costs and reductions in CO2 emissions.

Automotive interior is another area the technology is well-suited to. Due to the unique thermoformability of EconCore’s honeycomb sandwich panels, complex 3D items can be produced relatively easily and at low cost. This brings sizeable weight savings over conventional alternatives.

The option to use a range of composite skins with a polypropylene core, provide excellent rigidity, strength and impact resistance. Typical applications currently include trunk (boot) trim, door panels, headliner, seat-back, parcel shelf and bulkheads.

Tomasz Czarnecki EconCore COO, said: “EconCore brought the honeycomb structure, once reserved for high-end less cost sensitive domains, to the higher volume, mass markets. The cost efficiencies of the process and the significant weight savings offered by the honeycomb structure are without doubt the main drivers of success.”

The EconCore research and development team continue to focus on high performance thermoplastic (HPT) honeycomb technology. Applications using HPT honeycombs include aircraft and railway interior panels. The mechanical performance is superior to that of fire, smoke and toxicity (FSR) grades of foam cores. Parts can be thermoformed in an energy, time and cost-efficient single-step process, contrasting dramatically to the costly and labour intensive conventional alternative methods.

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