Lanxess says that its Tepex continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastic composites can be used as inserts for the local reinforcement of injection-molded components. While metal inserts only interlock with the injection-molded material, the composites have a material bond that increases the components’ mechanical strength, the company says.

The front ends of Volkswagen’s Atlas and Teramont SUVs both use front ends use Tepex inserts, which are around 50% lighter than comparable inserts made from steel sheets, according to Harri Dittmar, an applications developer for Tepex. ‘In auto manufacturing, Tepex could be used in the center consoles, center armrests and rear shelves, as well as the door trims and their supports.'

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