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15th July 2019, Buriasco

100% recyclable Renolit Tecnogor production starts in India

Team at Appl Gor Plastics India. © Renolit Composites

Team at Appl Gor Plastics India. © Renolit Composites

Renolit Gor, a leading manufacturer of thermoplastic and thermoformable materials for the automotive market, has responded to growing global demand for Renolit Tecnogor. The Renolit Composites business unit has added a new production line to the Appl Gor Plastics India plant for customers in India and the Asia Pacific region.

The new extrusion line, located in Pune, near Mumbai, is the first facility outside of Europe able to produce, clean, safe Renolit Tecnogor thermoformable sheets and rolls, along with other lightweight, 100% recyclable, sustainable products in the Renolit Composites range.

The installation of the new line in Pune was celebrated at the official inauguration event earlier in the year attended by COO Dr Axel Bruder from the Renolit Group Executive Board, CEO Fabrizio Carello and CFO Mauro Piccolo from Renolit Gor, and Rahul Chivate, General Manager of Appl Gor Plastics India.

A key feature of the new production line design is the inclusion of Renolit’s patented extrusion processing technology for manufacturing the innovative, new, 100% recyclable, Renolit Tecnogor glass fibre (GF) reinforced, PP based, lightweight thermoplastic composite material. High quality 3D trim parts can be consistently thermoformed in a high productivity ‘glue free’ one-step-process, which reduces production costs, the manufacturer explains.

Thanks to the production process, Renolit Tecnogor is said to offer superior stiffness and impact performance. The patented fibre embedding extrusion technique also makes Renolit Tecnogor a clean, very safe material to use on the shop floor and handle post moulding. This is because all the glass fibres are completely encapsulated in the PP polymer matrix during extrusion, so there are no free-floating fibres in the air during lay up or exposed on the moulded part surface. This will be a major safety benefit to customers in the Indian market, which currently mainly uses glass fibre mats to produce composite moulded parts, the company reports.

“The local engineering team did a great job installing and commissioning the new line and the highly skilled blue-collar workforce quickly learnt how to efficiently produce all the grades that the new line can extrude to Renolit’s stringent specifications and quality assurance standards. The new line in Pune is now fully operational and open for business,” commented Adriano Odino, Technical director of Renolit Composites, who headed up the installation project.

The versatile new line can not only produce Renolit Tecnogor, but also Renolit Deep-Stock, Renolit Flexigor and Renolit Wood-Stock, which was the only Renolit product manufactured in India until now. “For many years we could only offer the classic Renolit Wood-Stock sheet range. We are very pleased to be able to now offer our clients a wider range of sustainable products which offer solutions to real problems the market is facing using traditional glass fibre mats,” said Rahul Chivate, General Manager of Appl Gor Plastics India.

The Renolit Composites products now being produced in India are primarily aimed at Tier 1 thermoformers supplying automotive OEMs in India and Asia Pacific.

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