Automobile manufacturers are now better able to mass produce composite
parts thanks to a new binder system introduced by Momentive Specialty
Chemicals Inc. (“Momentive Specialty Chemicals”, “MSC” or the
“Company”). The EPIKOTE™ Binder System 620, introduced at the JEC
Composites Show in Paris, enables mass production of automotive
composite in hot-melt preforming processes.
EPIKOTE Binder System 620 is a one-component, cross-linkable powder
binder that can be conveniently applied to carbon or glass fibers and
fabrics as a powder using a hot-melt coating process line. In the
softening temperature range between 80 – 90°C, the EPIKOTE Binder System
620 exhibits excellent application behavior and provides the fabric with
very good workability and drape-ability.
Once the desired shape of preform is achieved, a short cure cycle above
120°C will initiate internal crosslinking of the binder. This
higher-temperature fixation gives the preform the right stiffness for
easy handling. It also ensures that the preform retains its dimensional
stability even under demanding processes such as the high-pressure resin
transfer molding (RTM) typical of automotive mass production processing
of composite parts.
The EPIKOTE Binder System 620 is very compatible and complementary with
the innovative fast-cure EPIKOTE/EPIKURE™ binder systems Momentive
Specialty Chemicals has introduced for the Automotive Composite market.
“Given the additional preform integrity provided by the cross-linkable
binder, it is expected that process developers may be able to increase
flow/mold fill rates of increasing complexity of preforms, further
reducing the time needed for the RTM injection step,” said Dr. Roman
Hillermeier, technology development manager for the Company. For more
information about the EPIKOTE Binder System contact Francis Defoor,
Global Market Leader, Transportation, MSC, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Company
Based in Columbus, Ohio, Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. (formerly
known as Hexion Specialty Chemicals, Inc.) is the global leader in
thermoset resins. Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. serves the global
wood and industrial markets through a broad range of thermoset
technologies, specialty products and technical support for customers in
a diverse range of applications and industries. Momentive Specialty
Chemicals Inc. is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Momentive
Performance Materials Holdings LLC.
Momentive Performance Materials Holdings LLC (“Momentive”) is the
ultimate parent company of Momentive Performance Materials Inc. and
Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. Momentive is a global leader in
specialty chemicals and materials, with a broad range of advanced
specialty products that help industrial and consumer companies support
and improve everyday life. Its technology portfolio delivers tailored
solutions to meet the diverse needs of its customers around the world.
Momentive was formed in October 2010 through the combination of entities
that indirectly owned Momentive Performance Materials Inc. and Hexion
Specialty Chemicals, Inc. The capital structures and legal entity
structures of both Momentive Performance Materials Inc. and Momentive
Specialty Chemicals Inc. (formerly known as Hexion Specialty Chemicals,
Inc.), and their respective subsidiaries and direct parent companies,
remain separate. Momentive Performance Materials Inc. and Momentive
Specialty Chemicals Inc. file separate financial and other reports with
the Securities and Exchange Commission. Momentive is controlled by
investment funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management, LLC.
Additional information about Momentive and its products is available at www.momentive.com.