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interview
Dr. sanDra reeMers,
Director oF tHe coMposites project House,
eVonik creaVis GMbH

JEC Composites Magazine: How many people are involved in the Composites Project
House within Evonik?

mated and continuous mass production
of fibre-composite profiles with complex
component geometries. This year will see
at least one product from our thermoplastic tape range become available on
the market, and we have already come
a long way in the development of new
types of prepregs - we are currently in
the process of upscaling continuous
production.
JCM: Did any serendipitous
events occur during the project?

S. R.: In the field of chemistry, it is no

ees work directly in the Project House,
and we work with around 40 other
partners in the various business lines at
Evonik. For us, these partnerships are
just as important as those we have with
partners and customers in the composite
industry.

secret that sometimes unexpected results
emerge. For example, we used substances
in formulations which were aimed at
achieving improved properties in polymers. The result in this case, however,
was not a polymer in condensed form,
but a foam. We more or less came across
an interesting foaming agent, just by
chance.

JCM: Within the project's three main focus
areas - automotive, aeronautics and
wind energy - is there one that attracts
your attention more particularly? Maybe
automotive?

JCM: As regards your recent development
in thermosetting PU for automotive, do
you plan to manufacture, formulate or just
sell the know-how via patents? Will you
do the same for the other developments?

S. R.: We see the biggest growth poten-

S. R.: In the Project House, we pursued

Sandra Reemers: Twenty employ-

tial in the automotive industry, which
is why this is one of our focus topics.
Many of our innovations are relevant for
this sector, in particular novel prepreg
systems aimed at automated large-scale
manufacturing of composite components. But the other market segments
are by all means also of interest to us
- including the oil and gas industry, in
addition to the areas you mentioned.

JCM: What main innovations from this
Evonik project will be on the market soon?

S. R.: A number of the material and

process developments are already fully
completed and are in a position to be
tested directly by customers. This also
includes the PulPress process, for example, which we developed in conjunction
with our partner Secar Technologies. It is
aimed at the cost-effective, highly auto-

material developments as well as process
developments. We utilized and expanded
our skills along the entire value chain -
from the raw material, the formulation
and the semi-finished product, all the
way to the manufacture of the component. As you know, our core competency
lies in raw materials, additives, polymers,
and formulations, which we use to create
innovative solutions for our customers -
and we will continue to focus on these.
Furthermore, semi-finished products
based on our materials will be available on the market. Depending on the
product, these can then be manufactured
either via us or via one of our expert
partners.

JCM: The Rohacell® foam is often considered as your most important product in
the composite sector. Do you have a new

product with such added value coming out
of the Project House?

S. R.: Rohacell® is a key product in

Evonik's composite business portfolio, as
are the amine curing agent components
of the Vestamin® range. It should also be
mentioned that our product portfolio
addresses a broad variety of solutions
for composites - for thermoplastic or
thermoset resins, for fibres, foams, and
also for better processes or even new
materials. For example with tapes and
prepregs, the work of the Project House
has resulted in the addition of extremely
promising technologies for semi-finished
products.

JCM: Three years of concentrated effort
seems rather short compared with the 20
years it takes to get a new material fully
accepted. Given that the use of composite materials is likely to boom in the
automotive sector after 2020 due to new
regulations, do you think you might have
another Project House in a narrower field
of composites in the future?

S. R.: The project houses belong to our

strategic innovation unit, Creavis, and
are dedicated to Evonik's specific key
innovation fields for a defined period of
time. A new project house for medical
devices has been up and running in Alabama since 2014. There are currently no
plans for another project house focusing
on composites. In reality, three years is a
very short amount of time for developing
products for use in complex applications.
Ambitious goals and a team focused on
the core tasks are of course part of the
project house concept - and are therefore crucial to its success. The project
house served as a kind of incubator. The
topics will now be transferred to the
operative units where they will continue
to be pursued and expanded with the aim
of positioning Evonik as an expert solutions provider in the field of composites.
In our view, this is the best approach to
continue bringing creative innovations
onto the market. n

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COMPANY & BUSINESS
In brief
Acquisition
Agenda of Events
APPLICATIONS
Sports & leisure
Sustainable construction
MARKET
Global
Europe
SPECIAL JEC WORLD 2016
Conferences
End-users
Automotive
Awards
Basalt
Engineering
Performing
Strategy
RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
Joining
Testing
Impact resistance
TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATIONS
Wind
Software
Epoxy
Repair
Thermoplastic
Sandwich
Index
In the world
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - Acquisition
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - Awards
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - Engineering
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