With effect of January 2016, the Mexican-based Automotive specialist Katcon Advanced Materials (Katcon) and Magna Steyr (Magna), have 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.
Katcon explains that Magna has developed this technology based on polyurethane and paper honeycomb core 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.
According to Katcon, 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.
The company adds, the Class A surface is demonstrated in perfection with the bonnet part. With its 7.2 kg, it weighs 1/3 of the steel solution, and has fewer parts. The technology is furthermore appropriate for external body panels or other semi-structural parts like tailgates, hang-on parts, floor panels or doors or even other industrial applications.
Katcon says it 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 high-class composite parts, RTM and Thermoplastic Applications.
Fernando J. Turner, CEO Katcon Advanced Materials stated, ”We are very excited to work with a wonderful company such as Magna Steyr on this project; this is a great addition to Katcon’s product portfolio; we will help our clients reach their weight and emissions goals with this innovative technology, and grow our strategic position as world-class supplier for Automotive body panels and other industrial applications. We will now approach as a team with AMAC, Katcon and Magna, targeted OEMs and Tier1s to bring these solutions to market. Our partners: Germany-based M-TEC for technical support, and US-based Innavin for business development in North America, will continue to lead efforts on those fronts, and will be integrated to this particular project, so they keep improving our chances to best serve our clients.”
Dr. Michael Effing, CEO of AMAC and Katcon´s Business Development Partner for Europe confirms, “With the ability to do complex body panels in automotive and achieve mass-production of parts above 100,000 units per year, this technology is extremely innovative and future-oriented. The technology is very cost competitive compared to steel and aluminium equivalents (up to 10% cheaper). The achieved weight savings ensure the significant reduction of CO2 emissions.”