After the technical multifilament yarns of CORDENKA, BÜFA Thermoplastic Composites expands its range with long fibre reinforced thermoplastics, LFT for short, from SKYi Composites.
The new spin-off based in Oldenburg deals with the distribution of renewable raw materials and semi-finished products for components made of long and endless fibre reinforced thermoplastics and gets the leading manufacturer of LFT as a partner. SKYi Composites, based in Pune, India, is part of the SKYi Group and has the largest production facility in India.
Long-fibre-reinforced thermoplastics are particularly important for the automotive industry because they are processed by injection moulding and offer the possibility of weight reduction while maintaining high load-bearing capacity. LFT is manufactured with fibres in granulate length using the so-called extrusion process. In this process, the fibre strands are drawn through a polymer melt, embedded in the polymer matrix and granulated after cooling. The impregnation quality determines the subsequent component quality. Different combinations of polymer matrix and fibre material result in a large variety of possible LFT materials. The manufacturing process is patented and reduces machine wear during processing while maintaining identical properties.
Companies: BUEFA Thermoplastic Composites