Katcon and M.TEC Announce Strategic Cooperation
As of April 2015, through the excellence network in composites production technology of the Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL), the two member companies Katcon Advanced Materials, Santa Catarina NL, Mexico, and the engineering specialist M.TEC GmbH, Herzogenrath, Germany, have formed a strategic cooperation in order to establish a high-class product portfolio to serve automotive and aircraft interior customers.
As a long-time established global automotive supplier, family-owned Katcon has been serving directly over 60 OEMs in the automotive industry. Financially strong and with significant investment potential, Katcon decided to expand and strategically divert its profitable activities in entering the composite market.
Fernando Turner, President of Katcon Advanced Materials explains: “Katcon is proud to invest in the fascinating and innovative composites industry with machines, people and business development: The AZL and the excellence in business development of Amac GmbH helped us significantly to establish collaborations with international top players of the composite industry. In record time, we have chosen the latest advanced material ́s manufacturing technology and equipment and bought state-of-the-art machines for processes like RTM for thermoset and for thermoplastic, thermoforming and hybrid moulding, as well as related post-processing technologies.“
Dr. Volker Gorzelitz, CEO of M.TEC, comments: “Starting as a spin-off from Aachen University ́s Institute for Plastics processing (IKV) over 20 years ago, we are now established on the market as a specialist in calculation, designing and engineering of parts. We are happy to support Katcon in entering the advanced materials industry with our know-how and expertise.”
Dr. Kai Fischer, Managing Director of AZL Aachen GmbH: “This cooperation is an example of the efficient usage of our network and its specialized lightweight know-how along the entire value chain – a complete new working team has thus been set up. To see how quickly AZL and its high quality lightweight competence network bears fruits is extremely satisfying for us. We wish Katcon and M.TEC best success as world-class supplier cooperation in serving the worldwide transportation market.”
Aachener Zentrum für integrativen Leichtbau AZL Cluster der Produktionstechnik
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