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Honeycomb materials delivering performance and growth in packaging EconCore actively licenses its technology for the continuous production of thermoplastic honeycomb core materials, to companies around the world in various industry sectors.

[view details]23-07-2018

Innovative honeycomb materials are lightening the load in transportation EconCore has established a reputation as a leader in thermoplastic honeycomb core materials and technology.

[view details]20-07-2018

EconCore: Core Technologies for Future Needs EconCore, the world leader in providing technologies for honeycomb sandwich material production, has seen its growth skyrocket since its establishment 13 years ago, demonstrating its ability to offer the right product at the right time.

[view details]15-06-2018

EconCore partners with MEAF in development of lab extruder for continuous thermoplastic honeycomb production EconCore is making strong progress in development of new all-thermoplastics continuous honeycomb cores.

[view details]07-06-2018

EconCore shines light on successes in continuous thermoplastic honeycomb core production technology at NPE2018 Thermoplastic honeycomb core production technology provider EconCore will unveil its latest successes at NPE2018, running from May 7 to 11 in Orlando, FL. (S31192 in South Hall Level 1).

[view details]13-04-2018

Wood panels

 

Lightweight Wood Panel Materials with Thermoplastic Honeycomb Cores
EconCore launches a range of ThermHex lightweight wood panel materials to meet the industry demand for wood panel solutions that use a reduced amount of natural resources. The lightweight panels reduce CO2 footprint during the panel production phase and reduce transport cost because of the low weight.
The growing demand for wood panels in furniture, building and construction industries has driven wood consumption to unsustainable levels. To conserve the world's forests we must use wood more effciently; sandwich panel constructions minimize the use of material resources and help reduce carbon footprint.

EconCore combines a high performance, but lightweight PP honeycomb core with wood layers. Using the patented ThermHex production process EconCore is able to produce these sandwich panels in a very economical way, which opens up the possibility to use these panels in a wide range of cost sensistive markets.

Markets and Applications:
-Furniture (e.g. shelves and cabinets for bath and kitchen)
-Building and Construction (e.g. separating walls and trade fair constructions)
-Transportation (e.g. floors and walls for trucks and trailers)
-Packaging (e.g. flight cases, cargo containers)
Product availability
EconCore offers 2 standard ThermHex wood panels:
-MDF/HDF skins on a PP ThermHex core
-Plywood skins (BFU 100/WBP bonding) on a PP ThermHex core
These panels are available in 3 standard thicknesses: 18 mm, 21 mm and 25 mm.
Standard sizes are 1220 mm x 2440 mm - open edge finish. The standard thickness for the skin layers is 2-3 mm. Please contact us if you are in need for different thicknesses or special sizes.

Standard equipment can be used to the edges of these honeycomb sandwich panels.

The water and boil proof plywood quality in combination with our thermoplastic honeycomb core enables these lightweight panels to withstand moisture and steam in bathrooms and kitchens as well as extreme weather conditions.

Performance comparison
Flexural performance of ThermHex honeycomb sandwich panels is evaluated by means of a three point bending test at 900 mm span length. Bending stiffness of the lightweight boards at different thickness is compared to that of typical wood-based materials. The weight saving potential of the lightweight ThermHex boards is demonstrated below.


HDF faced honeycomb core is a very attractive substitute for traditional materials in the woodworking industry. When referenced to a 18 mm thick chipboard, the 2 mm HDF faced ThermHex honeycomb shows similar bending stiffness at less than half the weight. The flexural performance of a solid MDF board, is met by a 21 mm thick HDF-ThermHex panel at half the weight. Thanks to the efficient honeycomb spacer, only a small increase of weight (0.4 kg /m²) is noted when the ThermHex panel’s thickness is increased from 21 mm to 25 mm while the stiffness increases by 40% !!



When compared to a mid range density solid plywood as shown in the chart above, the 18 mm ThermHex honeycomb panel with 3 mm plywood skins shows up to 50% weight savings while a flexural performance is equal. Bending stiffness of the Plywood-ThermHex board is doubled when the panel thickness increases from 18 mm to 25 mm, although the weight increase for the lightweight board in minimal. We will be very glad to assist in evaluating technical performance for specific panel configurations. To download the brochure click here.