WEB EXCLUSIVE: Ensinger’s Penn Fibre Div., Bensalem, Pa., has just launched thermoformable long-glass reinforced PP sheet. Pennite LGF sheet contains 20% to 35% glass content. It offers higher strength, stiffness, and resistance to impact, creep, and fatigue than conventional short-glass compounds. Potential applications include metal replacement in structural parts for cars, mobile homes, RVs, motorcycles, trucks, buses, boats, or building construction. Said general manager John Cowperthwait, “We didn’t know if we could get long glass into a sheet with the fiber intact, or whether the sheet would be thermoformable using conventional equipment.” Tests at Maryland Thermoform in Baltimore with 0.125-in.-thick Pennite LGF showed it formed “surprisingly well.” Said Maryland Thermoform sales manager Tammy Sagastume, “We had real doubts about its ability to form. But trials indicate we can certainly make parts from it, and we already have a lot of interest in a variety of applications that can take advantage of its properties.” Penn Fibre says four or five applications are being looked at, including one for high-heat packaging.
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