CCS and partners develop a new method to create high-performance composite structures with thermoplastic tapes

PRESS RELEASE

Singapore 19th November 2014: Composite Cluster Singapore (CCS) has developed a concept that aims at manufacturing high-performance composite structures in shorter time and with significantly reduced cost. The groundbreaking concept builds on market proven thermoplastic tape placement technology and integrates it with advanced robotics and laser technologies to overcome limitations of current solutions. CCS will continue the development in a project, jointly with its partners HOPE Technik Pte Ltd, KUKA Robot Automation (M) Sdn Bhd, SGL Group and TRUMPF Pte Ltd.

Picture shows (from left): Hor Chee Shen (KUKA), Chia Thien Fook (CCS), Jerry Ang (CCS), Andreas Erber (SGL), Lim Chee Meng (CCS), Prof. Klaus Drechsler (TUM-LCC), Florian Doetzer (CCS), Johnny Teo (SPRING), Goh Siong Teck (SPRING), Peter Ho (CCS)

“Identifying and supporting innovative,  high-growth start-ups is at the heart of our efforts. The success of the project will push the boundaries in materials engineering in Singapore and have disruptive implications in the high-technology based manufacturing for the aerospace, aviation and motoring industries. Partnering with local and international industrial leaders, CCS has assembled a capable team to ensure the project’s quality and eventually bring this groundbreaking solution to the market.” - Mr Edwin Chow, Executive Director for the Innovation and Start-ups Group, Standards, Productivity and Innovation Board (SPRING) Singapore.

“The idea of freespace composite manufacturing - that we are developing further in this project - is certainly pushing the boundaries of what is possible with today’s technology. It is the joint competence of world class project partners that will allow us to achieve something that has never been done before. As bold as the idea is, this is the team to do it. And it will be done in Singapore.” - Dr. Florian Doetzer, MD, CCS

“We leverage on our extensive background in composites manufacturing and mixed it with the robotics capability we have to work towards this truly game-changing manufacturing process.” - Peter Ho, CEO, HOPE Technik

Parts and components made from high-performance carbon fiber reinforced polymers (CFRP) generally have superior stiffness and strength per weight when compared to metal components. In addition, they also present opportunities in design and shapes, because they are per definition an additive manufacturing method. CCS and its partners are building on the recent advancements in materials, as well as automation to establish a process and machine concept to manufacture CFRP components without expensive moulds and tooling.

The CCS project team will be lead by Dr. Florian Doetzer, Managing Director of Composite Cluster Singapore (CCS), an experienced technology manager with previous positions in automotive and aerospace industries. He and his team will be supported by each partners’ specialist engineers in their respective field of expertise: integration and prototyping (HOPE), robotics (KUKA), thermoplastic composite material (SGL) and industrial laser technology (TRUMPF). 

This will target a global market of high-performance composites that Freedonia Group estimates with USD 10.2bn in 2016, while Visiongain estimates the global market for Aerospace components with USD 10.3bn in 2012. The global potential for components produced with the freespace composite manufacturing system is estimated with approximately USD 2-3bn in 2016 spanning multiple industries, such as aviation, space, marine, racing and sports.

A go to market strategy will target lightweight aviation, space, competition yachts and car racing components. Offering engineering and manufacturing services in the beginning, a licensing concept will be considered for a global market growth in collaboration with the technology partners SGL Carbon, TRUMPF, KUKA and HOPE Technik.

The project is supported by the Technology Enterprise Commercialisation Scheme (TECS) under SPRING Singapore.  The TECS is a competitive grant that supports the development of high-growth Singapore start-ups with a strong technology proposition and a scalable business model.

About SPRING Singapore: SPRING Singapore is an agency under the Ministry of Trade and Industry responsible for helping Singapore enterprises grow and building trust in Singapore products and services. As the enterprise development agency, SPRING works with partners to help enterprises in financing, capability and management development, technology and innovation, and access to markets. As the national standards and accreditation body, SPRING develops and promotes an internationally-recognised standards and quality assurance infrastructure. SPRING also oversees the safety of general consumer goods in Singapore. Please visit www.spring.gov.sg for more information and news about SPRING Singapore.

About Composite Cluster Singapore Pte Ltd (CCS): CCS (www.compositecluster.com) focuses on design & manufacturing of high-performance composites and covers the full spectrum of composites solutions, from early-stage feasibility assessments to manufacturing of components.

About KUKA Robot Automation (M) Sdn Bhd: KUKA is a leading global manufacturer of industrial robots. Core competencies are production and sale of industrial robots, controllers and software.

About SGL Group: SGL Group - The Carbon Company - is one of the world's leading manufacturers of carbon-based products and materials. It has a comprehensive portfolio ranging from carbon and graphite products to carbon fibers and composites.

About TRUMPF Pte Ltd.: TRUMPF is one of the world leading companies in production technology. Three business divisions are combined within a holding company: Machine Tools / Power Tools, Laser Technology / Electronics and Medical Technology. 
In the field of industrial lasers and laser systems, the company is the technological leader in the world market.

About HOPE Technik Pte Ltd: HOPE is active in design, prototyping, engineering, manufacture and end user support related to defence, para-military, unmanned systems, special vehicles, aerospace, medtech, fire suppression and special equipment globally.

 

CONTACT:
Florian Doetzer
Managing Director Composite Cluster Singapore Pte Ltd
doetzer@compositecluster.com
tel. +65 65450030