Trostberg/Paris. For the fifth time in a row AlzChem has taken part in the largest and globally most important composite materials trade fair JEC in Paris, where it exhibited its DYHARD® product range featuring epoxy hardening agents and accelerators. Trailblazing composite material developments, technology, equipment and products were displayed across what is now two floors of the Porte de Versailles trade fair centre. Next year the exhibition space will no longer be sufficient, so the trade fair organizers are relocating to the new trade fair site at the Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Center.
The DYHARD® products are enjoying uninterrupted growth thanks to new applications in the automotive industry, as well as in the wind energy sector and in the sporting goods industries.
So how do the AlzChem hardeners and accelerators work? First, glass fiber mats or carbon fiber mats are impregnated with a mix of epoxy resin, hardeners and accelerators from the DYHARD® range. The mats are then stored or pre-cured at low temperatures. After that they are hardened into shape in a pressure chamber or in a press at temperatures of between 100°C - 140°C. Composites that have been refined with DYHARD® products are used in the aviation and automotive industries, and also in wind power stations and for sports articles such as bicycle frames, tennis rackets and golf clubs.
During the three-day trade fair between March 10 to March 12 the company held many detailed discussions with international and national customers. New contacts were also made with companies who had expressed an interest in the products, and the task now at hand is to turn these into firm customers. DYHARD® fluids continue to be drivers of innovation, with great interest being shown in these products in many countries and for many applications. DYHARD® fluids are, as the name suggests, liquid formulations with the same across-the-board effectiveness as the combinations of epoxy hardeners and accelerators that were previously available in powder form. They are likewise latent at room temperature, but their liquid nature means that AlzChem can market them for a whole new range of applications.
Other products that attracted great interest at the trade fair include the range of accelerators and the paste products.