The TPCR is an open innovation centre dedicated to research and development of thermoplastic composites.

“The centre started in 2009 as a collaboration between Boeing, Fokker, Ten Cate and the University of Twente," explains Harald Heerink, general manager of the TPRC. "The addition of these extra partners will accelerate the research and development of thermoplastic composites for various markets.”

Instron, Pinette and Italmatic are supplying the centre with production and test equipment which will be developed further in cooperation with TPRC.

DTC is a manufacturer of thermoplastic composite parts for the aerospace market and will bring its knowledge and network into the centre.

“Through participating in TPRC, we get the opportunity to develop new products more quickly and are making sure that we are part of the leading research institute in our field of expertise,” says David Manten, DTC’s managing director.

Potential applications for thermoplastic composites can be found in the aerospace, automotive, wind energy, marine and construction markets.