Summer 2016

TenCate Advanced Composites recently partnered with POLYTEC GROUP in the development of a serial production, high performance thermoplastic composite underbody panel for the new Jaguar F-type. 

The targeted application of thermoplastic composites from TenCate demonstrates an innovative approach to the use of thermoplastic materials within the automotive industry.

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Jaguar F-type

POLYTEC COMPOSITES NL – automotive parts designer and manufacturer and part of the POLYTEC GROUP – developed a lightweight underbody panel for the Jaguar F-type All Wheel Drive. The basis of this solution is the combination of a targeted placement of TenCate Cetex® lightweight reinforced thermoplastic, providing localized reinforcement where most needed, with glass mat thermoplastic to achieve the required rigidity. These were both pressed in a single production step, thus improving processing efficiencies and overall quality of the part. 

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The lightweight composite panel from TenCate Advanced Composites/POLYTEC COMPOSITES

Since October 2015 some 500 of these underbody covers have been coming off the production line at the POLYTEC COMPOSITES plant in Roosendaal every month.

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The part with the underbody panel for the Jaguar F-type

This adds up to a yearly total of 6,000 pieces, which is soon to be tripled, as Jaguar Land Rover has also commissioned POLYTEC to equip the standard version of the rear-wheel-driven F-Type with this underbody solution.
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The place where the relevant part is fitted

Blue fabric (Tecawork Blue 65287)