Hanwha Azdel specializes in the manufacture of Thermoplastic Composite materials. In bringing new products to market, we go through a rigorous New Product Development (NPD) commercialization process to ensure that new products meet exacting customer requirements while being developed within expeditious lead-times.
While in development, the product goes through numerous stages as it is promoted towards becoming a fully commercial product. It starts as an experimental product, goes to a developmental product as it is scaled-up on the production line, becomes semi-commercialized as it meets volume and consistency goals, and finally becomes a standard product once all quality and performance criteria have been met. Through each stage of the NPD process, successively tighter quality targets are met as the product and process optimization takes place.
Hanwha Azdel currently has two families of products...
Light-Weight Reinforced Thermoplastic (LWRT)
A low pressure, thermoformable composite of plastic resin and long chopped fiber combined with outer layers as needed for the application (i.e.; adhesive film, barrier film, tough PP film, non-woven, reinforcing, or just the bare surface.)
There are several products that fall within the LWRT family.
IXIS® Hybrid ThermoPlastic Composite (HTPC)
The newest member of the Hanwha Azdel product portfolio is our hybrid thermoplastic composite material marketed under the IXIS trade name. This is a multi-layer composite utilizing our LWRT products as a core material and reinforced thermoplastic tapes on the outer surfaces. When processed using specific molding technologies, IXIS is capable of meeting automotive class A finishes, thus this material is primarily aimed at the vehicle exterior body panel market. However, IXIS sheets can be very easily formed into non-class A structural parts.
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