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Need to know more about long-fiber thermoplastics? (Editorial).

* Here's your chance to hear firsthand about those Direct Long-Fiber Thermoplastic (D-LFT) technologies that are the buzz of the auto industry in Europe and the U.S. Come to Miami, where PLASTICS TECHNOLOGY has organized the first Long-Fiber Molding/Extrusion Conference for December 11-12. It's a rare opportunity to meet and mingle with dozens of innovators in D-LFT and other long-fiber thermoplastic technologies, such as extrusion of structural profiles.

Long-fiber reinforcements may be one of the most important trends in plastics today. Fibers one-half to two inches long confer much higher levels of stiffness, strength, and toughness than do the one-eighth-inch reinforcements that have been used for decades. The hottest area of long-fiber technology, highlighted in several recent PLASTICS TECHNOLOGY articles, is in-line glass-fiber compounding and molding, known as D-LFT.

Among more than 20 speakers at the conference will be pioneers of D-LFT like Ron Hawley, founder of Composite Products Inc. and a new firm, Woodshed Technologies. You'll also get the European perspective from Rieter Automotive in Switzerland and the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany, both active in DLFT development. Numerous materials and machinery suppliers will present their contributions to D-LFT and other long fiber methods of injection and compression molding, compounding, and extrusion. All of this is worth a trip to Miami in December!
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Comment:Need to know more about long-fiber thermoplastics? (Editorial).
Author:Naitove, Matt
Publication:Plastics Technology
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Date:Sep 1, 2002
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