Scheduled to come on stream in 2014, the facility will be located inside Hanwha L&C’s existing Bugang Plant #2, home to the company’s existing glass mat thermoplastic (GMT) composite production plant.

Both facilities will service global automotive, heavy truck, recreational vehicle and industrial customers with production operations in Asia.

“This investment is yet another milestone toward our goal of fully globalising SuperLite LWRT [lighweight reinforced thermoplastic], a patented technology we introduced in 1999 and that revolutionised how automakers produced composite panels ranging from headliners to underbody shields," says Bill Mills, director-Global Sales & Marketing for Hanwha Azdel.

These light but tough composite materials are important solutions for more sustainable mobility and are also an important part of Hanwha Azdel’s global business strategy. As global demand increased for these materials, we made the strategic investment decision to support our global LWRT customers by expanding production capacity in order to provide a consistent regional supply of lightweight thermoplastic composite materials in this part of the globe.
Bill Mills, director-Global Sales & Marketing, Hanwha Azdel

LWRT composites are lower density forms of traditional glass mat thermoplastic (GMT) composites with a higher fibre-volume fraction (ratio of reinforcement to resin) that are shaped by low pressure thermostamping and are often faced with fabric or film skins. They significantly reduce component mass and costs and improve acoustical damping vs. traditional GMT, says Hanwha Azdel.

Hanwha Azdel Inc manufactures tough, low-density thermoplastic composites used to produce parts for both interior and exterior applications in the automotive, heavy truck and recreational vehicle markets, as well as other transportation and industrial segments.

Hanwha L&C specialises in producing high-performance materials used in the automotive, solar, and electronics industries with annual sales of $1.4-billion USD and more than 2,000 employees globally. The company has four divisions: Automotive Parts, Electronic and Solar Materials, Film and Sheet, and Building Materials.