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Cytec Industries has opened its new $13 million Application Centre in Heanor, UK, adjacent to its existing manufacturing and R&D sites.
This opening is a key milestone for Cytec in its strategy to develop new composite products and technologies to serve the high volume production markets such as automotive.
Cytec has developed new materials such as rapid cure thermoset prepregs and HP-RTM resin systems and is now working with partners and customers to develop application technologies to enable the refinement of these new materials and their use for part manufacture, demonstrating to our customers how our materials can be used in a high-volume production setting.
“Application engineering, the ability to integrate design, materials and part manufacturing, is a key enabler to the increased adoption of composites and is a core competence Cytec has built over several years,” said Carmelo Lo Faro, Cytec CTO. “This new centre will allow us to further exploit this competence and expand our solutions offering to meet the affordability and high-rate needs of our customers.”
The centre’s capabilities range from press moulding and injection equipment to robotics for automated pick and place, material formatting and trimming, as well as recycling and 3D printing capabilities.