Mexican composites company Katcon Advanced Materials and German engineering specialist M.TEC have announced a strategic cooperation to develop products for automotive and aircraft interiors. 
The companies plan to make use of composites production technology in the Aachen Center for integrative Lightweight Production (AZL), Germany.

‘Katcon is proud to invest in the fascinating and innovative composites industry with machines, people and business development,’ said Fernando Turner, president of Katcon Advanced Materials. ‘The AZL and the excellence in business development of AMAC helped us significantly to establish collaborations with international top players of the composite industry. [...] we have chosen the latest advanced material manufacturing technology and equipment and bought state of the art machines for processes such as  RTM for thermoset and for thermoplastic, thermoforming and hybrid moulding, as well as related post-processing technologies.’ 

German know-how

‘We are happy to support Katcon in entering the advanced materials industry with our know-how and expertise,’ added Dr Volker Gorzelitz, CEO of M.TEC.

Katcon plans to focus on automotive and aircraft interior applications such as external and internal body panels, underbody and structural components, doors, tailgates, floor pans or seats. 

This story is reprinted from material from Katcon, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.