Infiana and Fraunhofer IFAM Continue Their Cooperation in 2017

Infiana and Fraunhofer IFAM Continue Their Cooperation in 2017 – Joint Presence at JEC World in Paris

February 20th, 2017 

Infiana, the world-leading producer of specialty films, and the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM enter their third year of cooperation.

As in past years, both partners will be exhibiting together at the JEC World show at the CFK Valley Community Booth (H5A/E56). The world’s largest trade show for composites will be taking place at the Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Center from March 14th to 16th.

 

Focus on FlexPLAS® Release Liner Technology

Through intensive research, the partners were able to further develop the release liner over the past months. Visitors at JEC can look forward to new and expanded applications for FlexPLAS®. “In regards to aggressive solvents such as styrene, we were able to significantly increase resistance. This, as well as the addition of new embossing designs to the FlexPLAS® portfolio, gives our customers an even greater range of options,“ explains Soheila Salehi-Schneider, Project Leader for FlexPLAS® at Infiana.
 
“Through the joint build-up of this technological platform, we will be able to expand the positive attributes of FlexPLAS® to address numerous new and ambitious application areas in the composites field. We are planning further investments in the months ahead,“ Dr. Gregor Graßl, Project Leader at Fraunhofer IFAM, adds.

 

Creating New Organizational Structures

There have also been changes within Infiana’s sales organization. Since the beginning of 2017, its work in the composites market – one of five target markets for the specialty film producer – has been globally, rather than regionally focused. This allows Infiana to react to the requirements of its customers in an even more targeted manner: “With this new sales organization, Infiana underlines its role as a ‘Premium Innovator’. In this manner, we can react to market demands in a faster and more efficient fashion than before. We are the problem-solvers for our customers,“ said Markus Peske, Vice President Composites.

 

 

About FlexPLAS®

The innovative FlexPLAS® release liner technology enables the production of composite parts without the use of liquid release agents. Capable of elongations of up to 300%, the film can be applied to molds like a second skin. Both the mold and the finished component are entirely free of residues after curing; there is no need for labor-intensive surface activation, and the component is immediately ready to paint or bond. FlexPLAS® creates significant reductions in relevant process times and corresponding cost savings. This in turn allows FlexPLAS® to make substantial contributions to environmental protection and workplace safety. This technology can be used in all relevant composite industries, such as aerospace, wind energy, automotive, and medical.

 

About the Infiana Group

The Infiana Group develops and produces engineered and innovative films for the consumer market and industry. The Group employs about 800 people at its three sites, located in Forchheim (Germany), Malvern (USA) and Samutsakorn (Thailand). Infiana serves the Personal Care (film products for packaging of hygiene items), Health Care (release films, process films and films for packaging), Building & Construction (release films and surface films), Composites (release films and process films), and Pressure Sensitive (silicone-coated release films) markets. In 2016, the Infiana Group generated a turnover of 200 million euros.

 

About Fraunhofer IFAM

Fraunhofer IFAM is one of Europe‘s most important independent research centers for “shaping and functional materials” as well as “adhesives and surfaces”. At the core of this are research and development activities whose goal it is to deliver reliable and application-oriented solutions. To make this a reality, over 600 highly qualified employees currently collaborate on research topics and projects.

 

Business Inquiries

Infiana Germany GmbH & Co. KG
Soheila Salehi-Schneider
Zweibrückenstr. 15-25
91301 Forchheim
Germany
Tel: +49 9191 81-0
Mail: info.forchheim@infiana.com

Fraunhofer IFAM
Dr. Gregor Graßl
Tel: +49 4141 78707-0
Mail: gregor.grassl@ifam.fraunhofer.de

 

Press Contact

Corporate Communications
Infiana Germany GmbH & Co. KG
Peter Kuhmann
Zweibrückenstraße 15-25
91301 Forchheim
Germany
Tel: +49 9191 81-0
Mail: info@infiana.com

Fraunhofer IFAM
Dipl.-Biol. Martina Ohle
Tel: +49 421 2246-256
Mail: martina.ohle@ifam.fraunhofer.de
 

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