[21.06.2017] ThermHex invites students to the “Innovation Summer School” in September
For the first time ThermHex Waben GmbH invites students, with interest in new materials and enthusiasm for pioneering business models, to participate in its Innovation Summer School “Geist 21”. From September 24th to 29th, the participants will get deep insights in the future-oriented business field of lightweight sandwich materials and polypropylene honeycomb cores. For the future ThermHex will invite to the Innovation Summer School once a year. The students will get to know innovative lightweight materials in practice-oriented lectures, discuss possible business ideas and implement them directly in the creative laboratory. This year’s focus is on innovations in furniture. The participation is not only free of charge, accepted students receive EUR 500,- for their personal expenses. The number of participants is limited.
The Innovation Summer School takes place at the historical headquarters of the former “Hallesche Papierwarenfabrik Heilbrun & Pinner”. In 1901, the industrial basis for today’s widespread honeycomb technology for lightweight sandwich components was created right here. You can find more information about the Innovation Summer School and the conditions of participation at: www.geist21.com
[20.06.2017] ThermHex visits International Lightweight Engineering Symposium
On 22nd and 23rd June, the 21st International Dresden Lightweight Engineering Symposium will take place focusing on the topic of “Integrated lightweight engineering – an efficient key to the globalized mobility of the future”. The conference is organized by the Institute of Lightweight Engineering and Polymer Technology at Dresden University of Technology. Renowned speakers will discuss megatrends such as digitization, sustainability, urbanization, connectivity and mobility and present their visions and development approaches in the context of lightweight construction. ThermHex CEO Jochen Pflug will be on site as a visitor and will use the opportunity to get in touch with international lightweight experts.
[19.06.2017] „Leichtbaukongress“: Lightweight construction as a requirement for E-Mobility
Last week, ThermHex Waben GmbH presented itself successfully at the 7th “Leichtbaukongress”, a congress for lightweight construction by VDI and Carbon Composites in Leipzig. Executives and specialists from various branches discussed current challenges and developments on lightweight construction. The material is becoming more and more important, especially in the automotive industry. Most experts see lightweight materials as a requirement for competitive E-Mobility.
Many participants took the opportunity to visit the ThermHex stand and to talk about the advantages of polypropylene honeycomb cores as well as the unique production process. ThermHex CEO Jochen Pflug is satisfied with the attendance: “The congress was a good platform for information exchange and networking. We are pleased with the number of visitors at our stand.”
[30.05.2017] ThermHex exhibits at “VDI-Leichtbaukongress” 2017
ThermHex Waben is going to present itself at the 7th “VDI-Leichtbaukongress” on June 13 and 14 in Leipzig. For the first time the VDI (“Verein Deutscher Ingenieure” − the association of German engineers) hosts the lightweight construction congress together with Carbon Composites (CCeV).
The trend of lightweight construction will be examined holistically during the congress. The focus is on technology hybrids with composites, best practices in lightweight construction and the importance of lightweight construction for e-mobility. Executives and specialists from various sectors discuss current challenges and show solutions for all components and materials. A special agenda is a factory visit at Porsche and BMW, which are offered exclusively.
Apart from lectures by experts from the companies Audi, Daimler and Samsung, ThermHex Waben GmbH also exhibits at the congress in Leipzig at stand 3. The company presents product variations of its polypropylene honeycomb cores, gained from the patented continuous manufacturing process.
“Our innovative honeycomb cores hit the spot for lightweight construction in the automotive sector. We look forward to the congress as well as the opportunity to exchange with specialists” says ThermHex CEO, Jochen Pflug.
The full program can be found here.
[08.05.2017] ThermHex participates in “igeL Sample Case”
ThermHex as a member of the German “Lightweight Construction Association” (igeL) contributes two honeycomb core samples for the igeL teaching case. The igeL working group “Information and Further Education” introduced the case at the 4th Lightweight Symposium on March 30. The revised case contains 35 samples of modern lightweight materials; two of them are contributed by ThermHex Waben GmbH and they are the only samples included made out of polypropylene.
150 specimens of the sample case were distributed directly to vocational school teachers and other multipliers in teaching and training. This is where the case will be used primarily in order to promote the acceptance of the new materials for up-and-coming tradesmen and technicians. In addition, the application possibilities as well as the production processes will be communicated at the same time.
Jochen Pflug, CEO of ThermHex, accents the great importance of the project: “Our focus at ThermHex is strongly on innovation and research. Furthermore, the promotion of young talents is also very important to us. With the sample case, we help to make training and school content more practical and tangible. Teachers and students will benefit from this.”
For a small fee, the lightweight sample case can be ordered together with comprehensive lightweight construction information from the Lightweight Construction Association.
[11.04.2017] Sales Record: ThermHex Success continues
In the past fiscal year 2016/2017, ThermHex Waben GmbH generated the highest production and sales volume in its eight-year history. The company increased sales of its polypropylene honeycomb cores by 15 percent compared to the previous year. The highest-selling month was March 2017 with a share of the annual sales of 16 percent. The ThermHex honeycomb cores are particularly popular among manufacturers in the fields of automotive, shipbuilding and swimming pool construction.
“The steady and positive trend of the ThermHex development is a confirmation of our hard work and the important investments. We focus on research and development in order to provide our customers with new applications for polypropylene honeycomb cores. The positive feedback is a sign that we are on the right track”, says ThermHex-CEO Jochen Pflug, thanking customers and business partners for their loyalty.
[06.04.2017] JEC World 2017: ThermHex polypropylene honeycomb cores popular as never before
ThermHex GmbH successfully presented itself last week at the world’s largest exhibition for composite materials, the JEC World in Paris. The honeycomb core specialist showed new product variations and informed about the unique continuous production process. ThermHex CEO Jochen Pflug draws a positive balance of the fair.
JEC World was crowded: Almost 40,000 people took the opportunity to visit the three-day fair. Many of them used their visit for a conversation at the ThermHex booth and to get in touch with the advantages of the honeycomb cores by means of models. Not only the innovative products but also the unique continuous manufacturing process of the ThermHex honeycomb cores were in demand.
CEO Jochen Pflug draws a positive balance: “We are very pleased with the number of guests who visited our booth. Our new product variations have been very well received and will enable our customers to achieve further cost savings.” At JEC World, ThermHex presented its PP honeycomb cores with a thickness of 10 to 12.7 mm and a newly developed cell diameter of 5 mm for the first time. The smaller cell diameter enables a perfect surface quality and allows new application possibilities for the honeycomb cores. For example, the new product variations can be used as an alternative to foam cores or resin-impregnated nonwoven core mats.
|17.03.2017| Congress „Plastics in Automotive Engineering“ with ThermHex honeycomb cores
On March 14 and 15, automotive experts from all over the world came together at the Mannheim Congress Center. At the world’s largest congress for plastics in automotive engineering, manufacturers and suppliers discussed the latest applications in the areas of interior, exterior, engine, materials and technologies. The congress with over 100 exhibitors of the entire value chain provided the ideal setting for networking with specialists. In the exhibition of the congress ThermHex honeycomb cores could be seen on some stands – including polyamide-glass fiber composite tops at the DuPont booth. In addition, experts from the Fraunhofer institute IMWS and Audi presented the ThermHex production process and the innovation project “organosandwich”.
“Thanks to the innovative in-line production process and the associated cost savings, our honeycomb cores fit perfectly into the requirements of the automotive industry,” says ThermHex-CEO Jochen Pflug.
|09.02.2017| ThermHex shows honeycomb cores with a new 5 mm cell width at the JEC World 2017
ThermHex presents itself at the world ‘s largest trade fair for composite materials, the JEC World Paris, from 14 to 16 March in Hall 5A at booth P22. The specialist for polypropylene (PP) honeycomb cores presents new product variants with a cell width of 5 mm and, together with EconCore, informs about the unique continuous manufacturing process.
At the JEC World 2017, ThermHex presents its PP honeycomb cores of the thickness 10 to 12.7 mm for the first time with a newly developed cell width of 5 mm. The smaller cell width allows a perfect surface quality. This results in new application possibilities for the honeycomb cores. For example, they can be used as an alternative to foam cores or resin-impregnated non-woven mat mats.
For the honeycomb cores with the thicknesses of 12 mm and 12.7 mm (1/2 inch), the new cell width also results in an optimized manufacturing process. With a newly developed vacuum mold roll, ThermHex increases resource and cost efficiency and achieves higher production capacity for the two product variants .
ThermHex is currently working on the development of further PP honeycomb cores with smaller cell sizes. “Even in the thickness range from 5 mm to 6 mm, we can offer our honeycomb core with 4 mm cell width,” says Thermhex CEO Jochen Pflug. “With conventional production processes, honeycomb cores with such small cell sizes are only available for aerospace applications.”
|24.01.2017| Joint research project of ThermHex and the Fraunhofer Institute
ThermHex and the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems (IMWS) Work together on a research project. The focus is on developing suitable for series production and processing methods for organic sheet sandwich semifinished products. It is supported by the EU within the framework of the EFRE-Program. With this project, ThermHex once again emphasizes its innovative role among manufacturers of lightweight sandwich elements and can make a valuable contribution to research with its expertise.
Unlike conventional processes for the production of honeycomb cores, the patented ThermHex process is more cost-efficient and significantly more cost-effective. At ThermHex, all production steps are carried out within one production line. The individual honeycomb layers no longer have to be cut from the block and subsequently laminated. Only the continuous ThermHex process of honeycomb production in a production line enables the production of cost-efficient planar organosandwich semifinished products in a continuous production without a separate lamination process.
“The laminating of organo-sheet cover layers to thermoplastic honeycomb cores creates a new semifinished product – lightweight, resilient, cost-effective,” says Dr. Matthias Zscheyge, group leader of high-performance thermoplastics, the successful collaboration between ThermHex and the Fraunhofer Institute.
Jochen Pflug, Managing Director of ThermHex, also emphasized the practical relevance of the project: “Many customers from a very wide range of industries are looking for an optimal combination of cost and weight savings. Our procedure makes this possible “.
Find out more about the project here.
|13.12.2016| ThermHex is the sponsor of this year’s Composites in Architecture 2016
On 13 and 14 December the Composites in Architecture / Fiber Composites in Architecture will be held in the Handel House and the Plastics Center (SKZ) in Halle (Saale) in 2016. ThermHex Waben GmbH is the sponsor of this year’s two-day conference in December. The aim is to further expand the fascination of the fiber composites and at the same time provide help with the practical handling of these materials.
Under direction of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Elke Genzel the private research group BAKU – Building with Plastics in Leipzig and the University of Applied Sciences and Technology Berlin, the conference is devoted entirely to the topic of sandwich constructions this year. In exciting lectures, experts from the architecture and construction industry answer questions about the connection of elements, the life span and the rehabilitation of sandwiches. Because of its expertise and many years of experience, ThermHex Waben GmbH is part of the expert group. ThermHex Waben GmbH, a producer of PP honeycomb cores for the manufacture of light-weight sandwich elements, is also a pioneer of the industry in organizing the evening event of the first day.
“We are looking forward to exciting new impulses from the industry and the lively exchange during and after the lectures at the Composites in Architecture,” says Jochen Pflug.
You can find the complete program of Composites in Architecture here.
|06.12.2016| Composites Europe a complete success
From 29 November to 1 December, ThermHex Waben GmbH was already successfully exhibiting at Composites Europe for the sixth time. Once again, it became clear that lightweight construction is on a growth path. At the 11th Trade Fair for Composite Materials more than 350 exhibitors showed more than 10,000 visitors their product novelties.
Managing Director Jochen Pflug is pleased with the overall positive response and draws a positive balance: “After the first exhibition day, which was rarely visited, the second day showed an enormous interest in our products.” were. Luckily, ThermHex provided extra bodily comfort and distributed sandwiches in specially made ThermHex aprons.
Especially the newly developed versions of the ThermHex polypropylene honeycomb cores in 5 mm and 6 mm thickness, which were only available since mid-November, were in demand. The continuous production process, which is characterized by uniqueness in the industry as well as special cost-efficiency, also convinced us. “After Composites Europe, we are very positive. We managed to make many interesting contacts and to offer new business. We are also looking forward to joining Composites Europe in 2017, “says Jochen Pflug.
At the Composites Europe 2016, 27 nations presented themselves in the exhibition area, on numerous event areas, lectures, topics and workshops.
|15.11.2016| ThermHex expands product portfolio
Since the middle of November, ThermHex has been offering its customers not only the well-known strengths of 3.5 mm and 8 – 28 mm but also Prolypropylen honeycomb cores in 5 mm and 6 mm thickness. This provides the user with further selection options and optimization potentials.
Only the continuous production process enables the Innovator from Saxony-Anhalt to achieve efficient production even at lower thicknesses. Unlike traditional manufacturers of thermoplastic honeycomb cores in discontinuous production processes, ThermHex can significantly reduce waste and labor.
The new strengths are, for example, an alternative to resin-impregnated nonwoven core mats.
More information is available here.
|18.04.2016| EU supports project “Organosandwich”
With the help of financial support from the European Union, ThermHex Waben GmbH, in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Materials Mechanics (IWM), develops the technology for the production of complex, thermoplastic, fiber-reinforced components with integrated honeycomb cores within the framework of the research project “Organosandwich”.
Background information: End-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites, cross-plys of 2 UD tapes in 0/90 or fabric can be laminated inline on our thermoplastic honeycomb cores. This creates a new type of semi-finished product: the organosandwich. The term organosandwich is derived from the term organoblech. By integrating the laminating process of the sheet metal on the honeycomb core within the production line, it is possible to produce organosandwich semifinished products in a very cost-effective manner.
The processing of organosandwich semifinished products is comparable to the processing of organo-sheets. However, a local ribbing of the component to increase the bending stiffness is not necessary. The stabilization provides the honeycomb structure of the core material. During the deformation of organosandwich semi-finished products to components, small cycle times are possible due to the lower heat capacity. In complex shaped component regions, the honeycomb core is fused into a thin plastic layer, whereas the honeycomb core thickness, and thus the large surface inertial moment, is maintained in large-area, flat or slightly curved component regions. As a result, low organic plate thicknesses and thus a lower component weight are achieved at lower costs with the same stiffness.
|11.03.2016| ThermHex in March 2016 in Paris
Also this year Thermhex Waben GmbH was represented together with the Econcore at the JEC World in Paris. Great curiosity awakened our 60mm honeycomb core. A new tool allows us to produce such a core.
But also our thinnest honeycomb of 3.5mm and all other honeycomb cores from our product range were considered. It was also time to talk about details, applications and features with prospective customers as well as with our regular customers about new possibilities.
We would like to thank everyone who visited our stand in Hall 5a, Stand K13 at the JEC in Paris. The next opportunity to get in touch with us is the Composite Europe in Düsseldorf Nov / 2016.
|29.02.2016| ThermHex honeycomb core in 60mm thickness at the JEC World 2016
ThermHex Waben GmbH is expanding its product portfolio. So far, we have produced core thicknesses from 3mm to 30mm. Thanks to a new tool we are able to offer honeycomb cores in polypropylene in 60mm. The new honeycombs are to be seen for the first time at the JEC World in Paris in March.
At Thermhex Waben GmbH, we produce a unique way of producing thermoplastic honeycomb cores for lightweight construction elements and light-weight components in a continuous production process. The ThermHex PP honeycomb production process combines maximum weight and cost savings with resource efficiency and low raw material consumption.
|29.01.2016| ThermFex customer Leidenfrost-Pool GmbH receives AVK quality seal “Open methods & GRP pool construction”
The Leidenfrost-Pool GmbH was the first European swimming pool manufacturer to be awarded the AVK quality seal “Open Processes” for the “GFK-Poolbuilding” area at the end of 2015.
The seal ensures that identified companies take into account, monitor and document defined features for production quality in production, with the aim of ensuring consistent and reproducible product quality.
|06.02.2015| ThermHex honeycomb core in 45kg / m³
The latest development of ThermHex Waben GmbH is the honeycomb core with a density of 45 kg / m³. This super-light and particularly cost-effective variant of the ThermHex honeycomb core is available for all core thicknesses from 12mm and is particularly suitable for non-load-bearing lightweight parts. Furthermore, our cores are now also available in all core sizes at a density of 120 kg / m³. These particularly strong honeycomb cores with a high compressive strength are particularly suitable for applications with high demands on stiffness and strength. Our latest innovations can be seen at the JEC World 2015.
|17.10.2014| ThermHex Waben presents Porsche 550 Spider components with ThermHex PP honeycomb core
Within two weeks ThermHex Waben GmbH and EconCore were successfully exhibiting at two trade fairs on two continents – the Composites Europe in Germany and the CAMX in the USA. The high degree of organization and the quality of visitors at these trade fairs exceeded the expectations of exhibitors. The interest of the visitors of the Composites Europe and CAMX in our light construction products, our technology and the various fields of application was great.
Visitors of the Composites Europe were particularly attracted by the Porsche 550 Spider Replica at our booth. The body panels made of ThermHex honeycomb panels showed the weight reduction that is possible through the use of our products. By using our 3.5mm honeycomb the weight of the car can be reduced to under 550kg.
Thanks to the Composites Europe and the CAMX, ThermHex Honeycombs and EconCore remain at the heart of the exciting and innovative composite component industry. We are looking forward to seeing you next year at these leading trade fairs – then in Stuttgart and Dallas.
|20.06.2013| German Lloyd certification for ThermHex honeycomb cores
The polypropylene honeycomb cores manufactured by ThermHex Waben GmbH received their certification according to the guidelines of the German Lloyd. ThermHex honeycomb cores are used in boat construction in a variety of applications, such as flooring, wall cladding, furniture construction for kitchen worktops, bathroom installations and many more.
The ship classification of German Lloyd (GL) is one of the five most respected certification companies. GL has committed itself to safeguarding human life and goods at sea as well as protecting the oceans from pollution. As an independent service provider and neutral expert, GL offers reedors, shipyards and supplier companies well-founded solutions even in times of economic challenges and strict regulations.
“We at ThermHex Waben GmbH are very pleased and convinced that this certification strengthens the confidence in our product as well as in the sandwich panels and components of our customers,” says Sebastian Rahl, sales manager of ThermHex Waben GmbH.
|11.04.2013] ThermHex Waben and EconCore look back on 3 successful measuring days at JEC Europe 2013
As in previous years, ThermHex and EconCore, the parent company, were again represented at JEC Europe in Paris, which took place in March.
This time, too, we were able to make personal talks with our partners and customers and were able to present our innovative products and technologies to potential partners in new markets and regions. All this in the beautiful surroundings of our new stand, made from our own material, gave the finishing touches to the success of our trade fair appearance. The stand specially designed for us is made of translucent ThermHex panels. The result is impressive. Look for yourself!
|21.12.2012| ThermHex selects Panel Systems as a distribution partner for the UK
Panel Systems offers ThermHex honeycombs in Great Britain and Ireland. In addition, the company also supplies Composite Panels with ThermHex honeycomb cores according to the customer’s expectations. ThermHex honeycombs will also be used in Revostage, the revolutionary stage system of panel systems to further improve the properties such as stability, lightness, weight and durability. Revostage is used for catwalks, platforms, double floors or exhibition stands.
Panel Systems is one of the leading suppliers of Styrofoam insulation, insulating wall cladding and light construction boards in construction. The company has a large warehouse, very good delivery facilities throughout the UK. For more information or purchasing online, visit the website www.panelsystems.co.uk Or call directly at: 0114 249 5635. For product details, visit: www.thermhex.co.uk. ThermHex Waben GmbH is looking forward to a successful and fruitful cooperation with Panels Systems.
|15-10-2012| Three successful days at Composites Europe 2012 in Düsseldorf
ThermHex Waben und EconCore blicken zurück auf drei erfolgreiche Ausstellungstage auf de Composites Europe in Düsseldorf.
Composites Europe is one of the most innovative trade fairs in the area of composites and an important meeting place and information source for all users of composite materials. Decision-makers, buyers, developers and designers of the most important industries will find the latest innovations in materials and technology. This year’s fair included no less than 11,000 visitors and 445 exhibitors.
The Composites Europe gave us this year again an opportunity to intensive discussions with our customers. We were able to present our innovative products and technologies to potential partners in new markets and regions.
This year’s attraction on the stand was the winner of the design prize of the Shell Eco-Marathon “TILT”, designed by students of the Kunsthochschule Burg Giebichenstein Halle. ThermHex Lignin honeycomb panels were used for the outer shell and driver’s seat of the car.
After this year’s success, we have already confirmed the participation in Composites Europe 2013 – ThermHex Waben and EconCore. We are looking forward to welcoming you from September 17 to 19, 2013 at our stand at the Stuttgart trade fair.
|19.03.2012| ThermHex Waben GmbH at the JEC 2012
As every year, the JEC 2012 in Paris will also be the place where the world of composites meets. ThermHex Waben GmbH and your products are also represented by our partner companies and our customers. For example, our products are exhibited at various booths of the JEC, including Renolit GOR (E24), P-D Fiberglass (P19), SoloPlast Vosschemie (M44), K.U. Leuven (J1) and Amorim Cork Composites (X72).
We would be delighted to meet you in the course of the exhibition.
Would you like to arrange an appointment with JEC 2012? Please do not hesitate to contact us by calling + 49-345-131 62 70 (also during the trade fair) to arrange the time and place of the meeting.
|31.03.2011| Successful exhibition at JEC Paris
ThermHex Waben is looking back at 3 successful days at the JEC Show in Paris. The JEC Show is one of the world’s leading trade shows for the composites industry with approximately 1000 exhibitors and for this year a record attendance of 29.500 visitors. The use of composite materials is increasing by new environmental and energy requirements and the continuous search for ever lighter and stronger materials.
The JEC was an excellent platform to meet with existing and potential business partners and promote our innovative products and technologies in the composite market. Customers from the automotive, packaging, furniture and other industries have taken the opportunity to see and evaluate our samples in a variety of thicknesses and cell sizes.
ThermHex Waben GmbH was co-exhibiting at the EconCore NV stand. ThermHex Waben is focusing on the production of PP honeycomb cores whereas EconCore continues to offer R&D services and technologies for automated continuous production of honeycomb cores and sandwich panels.
|10.01.2011| JEC Composites Show, Paris (29 – 31 April 2011, Stand P20)
ThermHex Waben and EconCore will present their technologies and products at the JEC Show in Paris.The JEC Show is the biggest composites exhibition in Europe and attended by more than 25.000 visitors. For more information on the exhibition, please click on www.jeccomposites.com
|21.01.2010| ThermHex Waben GmbH launches production of PP honeycomb cores in Germany
ThermHex Waben GmbH in Halle/Saale (Germany) offers to manufacturers of lightweight sandwich components its new, cost-saving polypropylene honeycomb cores.
The company, a fully-owned subsidiary of EconCore NV in Leuven (Belgium), was established on 20th May 2009 and processes polypropylene films into honeycomb cores in a highly efficient, continuous operation. This new generation of proven lightweight material stands out by an improved bonding with glass fiber coats and can be further processed efficiently.
ThermHex honeycomb cores are available in thicknesses between 4 and 30 mm and in different densities. Based on the patented EconCore technology continuous, smooth material sheets in continuous lengths are offered (standard cut 2500 mm). The manufacturing width of 1400 mm, which is unique on the market, enables customers an optimal use of material in further processing. For the processing with glass fiber coat ThermHex honeycomb cores are provided with PET fleece and on demand additionally with PP film.
Jochen Pflug, CEO of EconCore and ThermHex Waben GmbH highlights further advantages for ThermHex users: “Our production procedure and the special structure of our honeycomb cores allow small thickness and small cell widths, so that even with very thin skins an outstanding surface quality can be obtained.”