Here’s your chance to hear first-hand about those Direct Long-Fiber Thermoplastic (D-LFT) technologies that are the buzz of the auto industry in Europe and the U.S. Come to Miami, where PLASTICS TECHNOLOGY has organized the first Long-Fiber Molding/Extrusion Conference for December 11-12. It’s a rare opportunity to meet and mingle with dozens of innovators in D-LFT and other long-fiber thermoplastic technologies, such as extrusion of structural profiles.
Long-fiber reinforcements may be one of the most important trends in plastics today. Fibers one-half to two inches long confer much higher levels of stiffness, strength, and toughness than do the one-eighth-inch reinforcements that have been used for decades. The hottest area of long-fiber technology, highlighted in several recent PLASTICS TECHNOLOGY articles, is in-line glass-fiber compounding and molding, known as D-LFT.
Among more than 20 speakers at the conference will be pioneers of D-LFT like Ron Hawley, founder of Composite Products Inc. and a new firm, Woodshed Technologies. You’ll also get the European perspective from Rieter Automotive in Switzerland and the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany, both active in D-LFT development. Numerous materials and machinery suppliers will present their contributions to D-LFT and other long-fiber methods of injection and compression molding, compounding, and extrusion. All of this is worth a trip to Miami in December!
For information on the Long-Fiber Molding/Extrusion Conference, contact the event coordinator, Melissa Lynch of Polymer Process Communications (908) 790-0209.