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Cytec Add Ground-breaking Prepeg Matrix to its Rail Portfolio

Cytec Industrial Materials is adding two new ground-breaking products to its rail portfolio that meet the fire requirements of EN45545-2:2013.

The first, MTM® 348FR, is a versatile curing epoxy resin prepreg matrix offering fire protection to category HL2. MTM348FR, in combination with either glass or carbon fibres, offers excellent mechanical performance and is ideal for the manufacture of lightweight composite components for both interior and exterior structural and non-structural applications.

The second, XMTM30, is a development product produced from a bio-renewable sustainable source and meets the requirements of category HL3. It is particularly suitable for the production of non-structural interior components. It can be used in combination with natural fibres to create a truly bio-sustainable system. Cytec is looking for partners and projects to develop this exciting new technology.

Cytec’s prepregs are ideal for interior and exterior structural and non-structural applications.

Both products will feature on the Cytec stand at the forthcoming Railway Interiors Show in Cologne on 12th – 14th November at which a technical paper, demonstrating the benefits of these products, will also be delivered.

“We are very excited about the development of these two new products”, says Dr Richard Horn, Rail Market Manager, “as they complement our existing phenolic and epoxy rail focussed prepregs. The key advantage of prepreg technology is that it enables the manufacture of lightweight complex monolithic sections and sandwich structures thereby offering weight saving and a reduction in running costs to the train operator.”

Typical railway interior applications include wall panels, window frames, partitions, archways, floors, ceilings, standbacks, luggage racks, seats and doors. All of Cytec’s prepreg resin systems are suitable for use with most formats and substrates including woven and uni-directional carbon and glass fibre.

Cytec’s Industrial Materials segment provides advanced composite and process materials for aerospace, automotive, wind energy, motorsport, marine, mass transportation and other demanding applications. Our focus on technology and application expertise allows customers to adopt more efficient manufacturing approaches. Our product portfolio supports the end-to-end manufacturing of composite parts and includes tooling, fibre, prepregs, resin systems, vacuum bagging, and adhesive, resin and surfacing films.

About Cytec

Cytec’s vision is to deliver specialty material and chemical technologies beyond our customers’ imagination. Our focus on innovation, advanced technology and application expertise enables us to develop, manufacture and sell products that change the way our customers do business. Our pioneering products perform specific and important functions for our customers, enabling them to offer innovative solutions to the industries that they serve. Our products serve a diverse range of end markets including aerospace and industrial materials, mining and plastics.

DISCLAIMER: The data and information provided in this document have been obtained from carefully controlled samples and are considered to be representative of the product described. Cytec does not express or imply any guarantee or warranty of any kind including, but not limited to, the accuracy, the completeness or the relevance of the data and information set out herein. Because the properties of this product can be significantly affected by the fabrication and testing techniques employed, and since Cytec does not control the conditions under which its products are tested and used, Cytec cannot guarantee the properties provided will be obtained with other processes and equipment. No guarantee or warranty is provided that the product is adapted for a specific use or purpose. Cytec declines any liability with respect to the use made by any third party of the data and information contained herein. Cytec has the right to change any data or information when deemed appropriate.

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