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EVENT PREVIEW | LONG-FIBER THERMOPLASTICS


With interest in lightweight structural parts on the rise, especially in automotive, we preview AMI’s first North American Long- Fiber Thermoplastics conference


LFTs in the spotlight in US


Main image: LFTs allow structural parts such as sunroof frames to be produced at lower weight and cost due to enhanced part integration


Already established in Europe, AMI launches its Long-Fiber Thermoplastics conference into North America this year. The conference, which will take place in Dearborn, Michigan, in the US on 5-6 March, will bring together key players and industry experts from across the LFT supply chain to explore new advances in LFT materials, processing tech- nologies and applications. Interest in LFT materials is growing fast, espe- cially in the automotive industry, where OEMs are facing tough global challenges in terms of fuel efficiency and vehicle emissions. LFTs provide new opportunities in terms of strength and mass along with all the productivity and part integration benefits of injection moulded plastics. The Long-Fiber Thermoplastics expert line up of


speakers will share technical and commercial insight into the LFT market, identifying key applica- tion sectors as well as analysing end-user and global requirements, and identifying future trends and market challenges. Presentations will cover all aspects of LFT and associated composite innova-


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tion, including lightweighting, automotive and appliance applications, LFT production and processing, and reinforcement options. The conference will open with an examination of lightweight developments in commercial vehicle cockpits, which will be given by Dr Jeffrey Helms, Global Automotive Sales Director at Celanese in the US. He will be followed by Jungdu Kim, Technical Service Manager at Songwon Interna- tional in the US, who will discuss low VOC stabilisa- tion systems for filled PP compounds used in automotive applications. Dr P K Mallick, Professor at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and leader of the Center for Lightweighting Automotive Materials and Process- ing, will take the discussion beyond LFT with an analysis of development of continuous fibre thermoplastics composites for automotive applica- tions. And Dr Zhang Chao, Automotive Engineering Plastics Product Line Manager at Kingfa in China, will explore the use of long glass fibre reinforced polypropylene for automotive lightweighting.


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PHOTO: CELANESE


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