2015 was a banner year for a number of polyurethane machinery companies, KraussMaffei did unexpectedly well in China and Saip claimed a record year…
Several companies, including Hennecke, reported strong sales into the reinforced polyurethane composite sector for the first time, driven by a resurgent automotive industry’s need to take weight out of its cars.
But it was not all roses, the decline in the Russian market at the end of last year and continuing currency weakness in the BRIC nations has taken some of the shine off the situation.
Both Hennecke and KraussMaffei reported strong sales into the automotive composites sector in 2015. In a telephone interview with Hennecke’s managing director, Rolf Trippler, he said: “The growing markets were in lamination and the chopped strand mat side of the business. CSM is used in all types of composites, on one side HP-RTM we are successful.
“Load floor technology for the automotive sector was a strong performing area in 2015,” Trippler said.
He added: “HP-RTM was a strong business in 2015,” because of its increasing use in the automotive industry.
“Parts have to be lighter,” he said. “This applies for two reasons, CO2 reduction for conventional automobiles and lighter weight for electric cars.
“Lighter parts mean that the engines of conventional cars use less fuel, and for electric cars, lower weight means greater range,” Trippler said.
These views were…