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The term “holistic” also cropped up in a conversation on TPCs with Solvay Specialty Polymers. “Thermoplas- tic composites have been there for decades, but there has not been any traction,” says Armin Klesing, business development manager for aerospace and composites. “Polymer makers have not taken owner- ship, [they have left it] to fi bre makers and weavers.” Klesing says that in the past, the approach to TPCs has been too fragmented, with not enough coordination between producers of reinforcements, preforms, polymers and parts. “We are aiming at more sophisti- cated formulations that are adapted for parts. OEMs are not so much concerned about what a part is made from; they are more interested in the cost structure. We are developing formulations for specifi c purposes. “We want to change the paradigm of how the market


perceives TPCs. We want to bring them to the same level as epoxies. We have prepregs at a very advanced stage, we can do business today. We are aiming at making a substantial impact in 2014/15.” Solvay Specialty Polymers is following developments in automotive, but Klesing says other segments are more attractive: sporting goods, oil & gas, and mobile


electronics, for example. The company recently acquired a fi nancial interest in


Aonix Advanced Materials, based in Ottawa, Canada, and a leading developer of advanced composite materials and manufacturing systems. It said it would partner with Aonix to accelerate the development and commercialization of mass-produced, TPCs made of Solvay’s polymers for various markets.


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