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BUSINESS Niche market Durable concrete formwork system Composite sandwich panels prove to be ideal for building formwork systems. MultiQ Concrete plastics panels made by Quadrant Plastic Composites for Hünnebeck work better and last longer than wooden ones. directionally. These products offer a new solution where extreme crash requirements apply. More information Quadrant Plastic Composites is a leading manufacturer of glass mat thermoplastic (GMT) composites. The semi-finished sheet form is processed into sophisticated components, primarily for the automotive industry, using largevolume pressing processes. These components satisfy the highest safety standards, as well as featuring low weight compared to materials such as metal. improvement over traditional panels impregnated with phenolic resin, but they still have some disadvantages linked to the wooden core and to the different thermal expansion coefficients of the skin and core. Furthermore, the plastic skin plays no role in resisting concrete pressure, and the mechanical performance of a plastic-coated panel is lower because, for the same overall cross thickness, the thickness of plywood is decreased. Humidity can still penetrate the core through nail holes or cuts in the plastic film, causing local swelling that is not acceptable. An alternative composite solution uses a PP foam core bonded to aluminium skins covered with PP foil. Quadrant Plastic Composites solutions are metal-free, which makes them lighter. They still have better mechanical properties, however, thanks to the very high performance of GMTex skin, and are easier to nail and to recycle. More information: www.quadrantcomposites.com NICOLA ADAMO, BUSINESS LINE LEADER NON-AUTOMOTIVE, QUADRANT PLASTIC COMPOSITES t first sight, replacing plywood with high-performance composites may appear to be a prime case of over-engineering. But there is good reason to believe that a new formwork product from German company Hünnebeck, one of the world's top suppliers of formwork and scaffolding, will signal a paradigm shift in the industry.. Hünnebeck Panels assembly A new solution For more than a year, Hünnebeck has been supplying concrete soffit formwork panels made by Quadrant Plastic Composites. The fabrication process involves sandwiching SymaLITE, a very lightweight polypropylene/glass fibre composite, between two skin layers of a high-performance glass reinforced thermoplastic called GMTex™, which is additionally reinforced with various types of fabric. GMTex is reinforced either bidirectionally in the 90° and 45° directions, Panels’ installation or only uni- The MultiQ Concrete soffit and wall panels are direct drop-in replacements for plywood, in 10-to-30-mm thicknesses and fitting together inside standard metal frames. They come away easily from the concrete after it has set to leave a nearperfect surface, and tests indicate that they can be used over 200 times. The panels can be cut and nailed just like wood and are easy to maintain. Humidity does not cause them to swell or rot, and they are highly damage resistant but also easy to repair and recycle. Composites prevailing over wood The current trend in the building industry is to replace all-plywood panels with either plastic-coated panels or allcomposite ones. This trend is linked to the need for better quality and longerlasting panels, particularly for rented formworks and formwork used for visible surfaces. Furthermore, the higher prices, lower availability and declining quality of traditional plywood are pushing in favour of a full composite solution. Plywood panels simply covered with plastic skins do represent an No42 July-August 2008 / JEC Composites Magazine
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #42 - July/August 2008

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- Applications Composite aerodynamic front-end cabs for passenger trains
- Citadel Plastics acquires BMC Inc.
- Niche market Durable concrete formwork system
- Cool radiators for hot trucks
BUSINESS - Market survey Hexcel anniversary in 2008 marked by investment
- Raw material Corrosion resistance of High-Performance Glass fibres
USERS’ PLATFORM KNOW-HOW Composites in the world Carbon fibre iPhone case
- New generation of hydrogen cars
- Architecture Composites and architecture: the perfect couple
- EEE enclosures
- Thermoplastics Reinforced thermoplastics enable affordable storm-resistant structures
- Gurit signs 4-year supply agreement with EADS
Innovations
- TechnoCompound expands its production
- SGL Group opens central technology and innovation centre
Agenda of events
FEATURE - Partnership Smart composite materials project DECID2 for structural applications
- Hankuk Fiber Group, one man’s determination
- Process Rapid processing of tubular parts made of thermoplastic composites ......................................
- Process Polydicyclopentadiene winning over construction professionals
- Trenchless pipes’ installation
- Corrosion Composite linings for corrosion protection
- Unmanned aircraft made of high-temperature prepreg
- High impact-strength spokes
NEWS WORLDWIDE - Companies GKN Aerospace creates repair facility for metallic and composite structures
- Raw material SMC/BMC compounds for building and construction
- Trends Coatema expertise: coating and materials handling technologies for prepregs
- The world’s largest offshore wind farm project
- Subsea structures
- Design “Eco-characterisation” of composite materials
- Special JEC Composite Asia
- Hitco to supply components for the B787
- Sandwich structure Polypropylene honeycombs for a variety of uses
- Head restraint system
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #42 - July/August 2008 - NEWS WORLDWIDE - Companies GKN Aerospace creates repair facility for metallic and composite structures
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #42 - July/August 2008 - - Hankuk Fiber Group, one man’s determination
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #42 - July/August 2008 - Agenda of events
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #42 - July/August 2008 - Innovations
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #42 - July/August 2008 - BUSINESS - Market survey Hexcel anniversary in 2008 marked by investment
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #42 - July/August 2008 - - Niche market Durable concrete formwork system
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #42 - July/August 2008 - - Trends Coatema expertise: coating and materials handling technologies for prepregs
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #42 - July/August 2008 - FEATURE - Partnership Smart composite materials project DECID2 for structural applications
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #42 - July/August 2008 - - Architecture Composites and architecture: the perfect couple
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #42 - July/August 2008 - - Raw material SMC/BMC compounds for building and construction
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #42 - July/August 2008 - - Process Polydicyclopentadiene winning over construction professionals
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #42 - July/August 2008 - - Thermoplastics Reinforced thermoplastics enable affordable storm-resistant structures
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #42 - July/August 2008 - - Sandwich structure Polypropylene honeycombs for a variety of uses
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #42 - July/August 2008 - - Corrosion Composite linings for corrosion protection
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #42 - July/August 2008 - - High impact-strength spokes
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #42 - July/August 2008 - - Head restraint system
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #42 - July/August 2008 - - Applications Composite aerodynamic front-end cabs for passenger trains
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #42 - July/August 2008 - - Trenchless pipes’ installation
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #42 - July/August 2008 - - Unmanned aircraft made of high-temperature prepreg
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #42 - July/August 2008 - - Subsea structures
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #42 - July/August 2008 - - Design “Eco-characterisation” of composite materials
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #42 - July/August 2008 - - Raw material Corrosion resistance of High-Performance Glass fibres
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #42 - July/August 2008 - - Process Rapid processing of tubular parts made of thermoplastic composites ......................................
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #42 - July/August 2008 - - Special JEC Composite Asia
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