Mexican automotive specialist Katcon Advanced Materials and Magna Steyr have signed a 10-year-agreement regarding the exclusive license of Magna´s Crush Core Wetpressing technology for the manufacture of automotive body parts in Europe and the Americas.

Magna developed this technology, based on polyurethane and a paper honeycomb core, to achieve more cost-efficient lightweight series production for class A surfaces. It is a direct, out-of-tool and ready-to-paint process and includes the tool and equipment engineering. Sandwich components manufactured with the Crush Core Wetpressing Technology are reportedly up to 70% lighter than traditional parts made in steel or aluminum and offer functional integration advantages such as acoustic isolation or design freedom at vehicles front side.

‘This is a great addition to Katcon´s product portfolio; we will help our clients reach their weight and emissions goals with this innovative technology, and grow our strategic position as world-class supplier for automotive body panels and other industrial applications,’ claimed Fernando J Turner, CEO of Katcon Advanced Materials. 

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