Engel Establishes New Unit for Project Planning of Composites Systems

Engel adds new commercial sub-division to design and sell composite machinery systems, now separate from its composites R&D unit.

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Engel Austria (U.S. office in York, Pa.) has created a new sub-division to support customers in project planning and commercial launch of production systems for fiber-reinforced plastic
composites. Previously, this activity was part of an Engel R&D unit, the Center for Lightweight Composite Technologies. But the increasing demand for integrated lightweight construction solutions requires a separation of the actual project business from development work, states Dr. Christoph Steger, chief officer of the Engel Group.

The new Engel Composite Systems sub-division is located in St. Valentin, Austria, as is the Center for Lightweight Composite Technologies. Engel Composite Systems will be an interface for customers between the composites R&D center, the business units, and the automation division. Engel is exploring a wide variety of composites technologies, including HP-RTM, SMC, injection overmolding of thermoplastic fabric and tapes, and in-situ polymerization of nylon from Caprolactam (T-RTM).

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