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2nd August 2018, Pouancé, France

CSP expands in France

Continental Structural Plastics (CSP), part of the Teijin Group, is installing a new sheet moulding compound (SMC) line at its facility in Pouancé, France at a cost of €5.1 million.

CSP is currently the largest compounder of SMC in North America, with current volumes exceeding 84,000 tons annually. The installation of this new line in France will be used to further develop the company’s wide range of proprietary, advanced composite products, including low-volatile organic compound formulas currently under development to meet European market regulations. The line will be capable of producing SMCs made with both glass and carbon fibres.

© Continental Structural Plastics (CSP), Teijin Group.

“The addition of this SMC line to the Pouancé facility is an important step in our European growth plans,” said Philippe Bonte, president of CSP Europe.  “It will enable us to provide full-service capabilities to our customers here, as well as provide us with an opportunity to further enhance our already significant materials R&D efforts in Europe.”

The Teijin Group is leveraging its lightweight, strong, high-performance materials and integrated composite technologies as one of the key focuses of the transformation strategies for the group’s medium-term management plan, under which the company aims to expand business with a view to becoming a supplier of multi-material components.

© Continental Structural Plastics (CSP), Teijin Group.

The CSP Pouancé facility is a rapid development center for lightweighting technologies including carbon fibre resin transfer moulding (RTM) and Class A RTM and thermoplastic composites.  The 12,000 square-metre facility was purchased by CSP in 2013. 

The SMC line is expected to be commercially ready to produce SMC by the third quarter of 2019.

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