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15th October 2010, Almelo

TenCate partners 3M for customized prepreg products

AircarftTenCate Advanced Composites USA has announced that it has signed a commercialization and supply agreement with 3M for the supply to TenCate of 3M Matrix Resin for the creation of customized TenCate prepreg products, bringing innovative 3M technology to multiple new markets. 

 As leading thermo set and thermoplastic prepreg developer and producer, TenCate supplies its high tech materials to various markets, including but not limited to space, aerospace, marine, infrastructure, oil and gas.

"An innovation can only be considered useful when it enables our customers to make progress, and that's just what this agreement with 3M is going to do", says Joe Morris, Vice President with TenCate Advanced Composites USA.

"The TenCate motto is 'Materials that make a difference'. We are excited about the possibilities this new 3M resin brings to our customers in the various markets we are in."      

"As a technology enabler, 3M is looking for best-in-class partners who recognize the value of innovative products and ideas", says Vic Genco, General Manager with 3M Engineered Products & Solutions. "TenCate has a long history of being a world leader in the industries it enters and 3M is excited to pair that experience with our own to bring this innovative technology to new markets." 

At the heart of the agreement is 3M Matrix Resin, a proprietary resin technology that, when combined with design and process expertise, can produce stronger, lighter, more durable composites. The proprietary resin technology of 3M makes it possible for manufacturers to avoid the traditional trade off between toughness / flexibility and stiffness / hardness. Instead, the resin improves performance properties on both ends of the scale.

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