3A Composites Core Materials says that it has developed structuralAIREX, a new foam core platform for lightweight, high-volume automotive applications that can be processed in high-temperature, high-pressure, short-cycle production methods.

Weight reduction has become a major focus in the automotive industry. Composites, particularly sandwich designs, have a proven track record of delivering weight saving solutions, the company says. However, composite sandwich parts used in a car must fulfill very diverse requirements. The material mix and the manufacturing technology must both be specifically tailored to the individual part and its expected series volume.

‘Our goal is to support the automotive industry in its strive toward weight reduction, and to deliver a sustainable and cost-efficient sandwich solution to accelerate the growth of structural sandwich parts in high volume car production,’ said Eric Gauthier, president of global key accounts of 3A Composites Core Materials.

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