Following on from the success of EUREKA project E! 2534 THERMOPOLE, which developed thermoplastic lampposts that save lives by bending on impact, EUREKA project E! 2535 FACTORY PANELFORM has adapted the thermoplastic technology to produce sandwich section panels for a market worth over €20 million a year.
The recyclable panels can be produced in three-metre wide sections at a rate of four metres per minute, in a variety of colours and finishes. The new material is stronger and more durable than wood, which currently dominates the target markets. Another advantage is that the panels can be fused together forming strong edges that do not come apart even in damp conditions, thus solving a structural problem that has plagued plywood panels.
“Our German partners have created a new material that is a quarter of the weight of wood at the price of marine plywood,” says Gerard Boyce, director of the UK lead partner, Euro-Projects (LTTC) Ltd (EPL). “It is lighter to handle and because it’s thermoplastic, we have been able to successfully form the panel into a wide range of applications.”
Julie Sors | alfa
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