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Frost & Sullivan Recognizes LAMILUX for its Pioneering Carbon Fibre Composite Product for the Transportation Industry

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Frost & Sullivan Recognizes LAMILUX for its Pioneering Carbon Fibre Composite Product for the Transportation Industry PR Newswire LONDON, Aug. 10, 2012 - The product can reduce vehicle weight, enhance fuel efficiency and payload capacity, arrest carbon emissions and decrease operational costs LONDON, Aug. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Based on its recent research on the carbon fibre composites for transportation market, Frost & Sullivan presents LAMILUX with the 2012 European Frost & Sullivan Award for New Product Innovation for its new carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) product. This can be manufactured using a highly automated and faster production process in widths up to 3.2 meters. Conventional CFRP sheets are produced in widths up to 1.5 meters with longer lead times. "A new affordable composite product that can be supplied in lesser time while catering to the impact and stiffness requirements of vehicle parts can go a long way in easing the concerns of the automotive and transportation composites industry and can become a harbinger of hope in the wake of stringent environmental legislations and high fuel costs," says Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst Sandeepan Mondal.

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Frost & Sullivan Recognizes LAMILUX for its Pioneering Carbon Fibre Composite Product for the Transportation Industry
PR Newswire LONDON, Aug. 10, 2012
- The product can reduce vehicle weight, enhance fuel efficiency and payload capacity, arrest carbon emissions and decrease operational costs LONDON,Aug. 10, 2012/PRNewswire/ -- Based on its recent research on the carbon fibre composites for transportation market, Frost & Sullivan presents LAMILUX with the 2012 European Frost & Sullivan Award for New Product Innovation for its new carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) product. This can be manufactured using a highly automated and faster production process in widths up to 3.2 meters. Conventional CFRP sheets are produced in widths up to 1.5 meters with longer lead times. "A new affordable composite product that can be supplied in lesser time while catering to the impact and stiffness requirements of vehicle parts can go a long way in easing the concerns of the automotive and transportation composites industry and can become a harbinger of hope in the wake of stringent environmental legislations and high fuel costs," says Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst Sandeepan Mondal. "With its new product, LAMILUX proves its competence not only in terms of innovation but also in understanding the unspoken needs of the customer by drawing upon its years of experience and expertise in the fibre reinforced plastics market, with particular applications in recreational and commercial vehicles." LAMILUX's CFRP sheets surpass conventional materials in terms of better strength and stiffness properties, and excel in reducing vehicle weight, enhancing fuel efficiency, reducing operational costs and increasing indirect operator revenues through increase in maximum payload capacity. The added width of the sheets allows them to be used in flat panel/sandwich applications, where width and thickness requirements are critical. LAMILUX uses a novel production process that enables higher throughput rates without compromising on the quality of the finished product. At its state-of-the-art production facility developed in-house, CFRP sheets can be manufactured in a single production line at rates up to 4 million sq. meters per annum for thicker sheets and at rates up to 6 million sq. meters per annum for thinner sheets. LAMILUX owns four such production lines, which can cater to increased demand. The economies-of-scale also kick in at such high manufacturing rates and this helps to keep the production costs down. In addition, LAMILUX can produce CFRP sheets using all major thermosets such as unsaturated polyesters, vinyl esters and epoxies. Compared to fibreglass, steel and aluminium – commonly used in commercial and recreational vehicles – CFRP sheets manufactured by LAMILUX boast of superior characteristics. Compared to fibreglass, CFRP sheets are 10 times higher in terms of tensile strength as well as 20 times higher in terms of E-modulus. The strength and stiffness of the CFRP sheets can also be manipulated by using different proportions of carbon fibre and resin matrix and LAMILUX's production process