Continental Structural Plastics (CSP), the largest compounder of SMC in North America, a company under Teijin Group, will be installing a sheet molding compound (SMC) line at its facility in Pouancé, France with an investment of approximately €5.1 million ($6 million), to meet the need for its industry-leading composite formulations in Europe.
The CSP Pouancé facility, built on an area of 12,000 square meters (130,000 square-feet), is an innovative, rapid development center for lightweighting technologies including carbon fiber resin transfer molding (RTM), Class A RTM and thermoplastic composites. The SMC line will be ready to produce SMC by the third quarter of 2019.
Currently, more than 84,000 U.S. tons of SMC is produced per year by CSP. The new SMC line in France, capable of producing SMCs made with both glass and carbon fibers, will be used to develop proprietary, advanced composite products, including low-volatile organic compounds (VOC) formulas to conform to regulations in the European market.
Philippe Bonte, president, CSP Europe, said, “The addition of this SMC line to the Pouancé facility is an important step in our European growth plans. It will enable us to provide full-service capabilities to our customers here, as well as provide us with an opportunity to further enhance our already significant materials R&D efforts in Europe.”
Continental Structural Plastics, a Teijin Group company, headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, provides leading-edge technologies in lightweight materials and composite solutions for the automotive, heavy truck, HVAC and construction industries. CSP offers full-service engineering support holding a large number of patents covering materials development and manufacturing processes in composite materials formulation, design, and manufacturing technologies. The company has operations in three continents.