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19th December 2017, Tokyo

Sumitomo Bakelite signs partnership with GRIP Metal

Sumitomo Bakelite and GRIP Metal have entered into a strategic agreement to develop innovative, lightweight composite applications. GRIP Metal is derived from the PACE award winning NRS technology, which enables metal surface modification resulting in mechanical bonding between friction material and steel backing plates in brake pads.

In addition to automotive products, Sumitomo Bakelite and GRIP Metal will explore markets such as aerospace and building infrastructure, where cost effective thermoset composite solutions can add value.

GRIP Metal is derived from the PACE award winning NRS technology. © Sumitomo Bakelite/ GRIP Metal

GRIP Metal is a mechanical material modification process that enables materials such as rubbers, plastics, wood, concrete, carbons, glass fibres, papers, and now thermoset composites to be integrated with and reinforced by metal.

“We are delighted to partner with GRIP Metal to identify new opportunities where the application of GRIP Metal technology in our intelligent hybrid Thermoset Composite design process can enable significant weight reduction in traditionally out-of-reach applications for Thermoset Composites,”  Goichiro Kuwaki, CEO, Sumitomo Bakelite North America Inc. “Combined with proven high volume industrialized processes such as injection moulding, these weight reductions can be achieved with lower lifetime cost than current materials.”

Sumitomo Bakelite is a leader in Engineering thermoset resins, composites and electronic materials. It serves its customers through its global production sites located in Japan, US, Europe, and Asia.

“This partnership is very exciting as GRIP Metal will enable Thermoset Composite materials to be integrated with metal and create enhanced Reinforced Thermoset Composites,” commented Montu Khokhar, CEO, GRIP Metal.

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