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Sumitomo Bakelite is investing in a manufacturing line for epoxy encapsulation composite materials for auto applications in Belgium.

Stephen Moore

July 13, 2020

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Sumitomo Bakelite automotive applications

Sumitomo Bakelite plans to open a new manufacturing line to produce epoxy encapsulation composite materials for automotive applications at its Belgian production subsidiary Vyncolit NV. The investment will provide local manufacturing capacity for specialist encapsulation materials in the automotive and new mobility fields in Europe, with the company aiming to reach sales in the encapsulation compound market of 12 billion yen by the 2025 fiscal year. The new European production line will come online for industrial supply in early 2022, with a production capacity of several thousand tonnes per annum.

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The Sumitomo Bakelite epoxy encapsulation portfolio covers a wide array of e Drive applications such as high speed permanent magnet rotors, stator insulation, and coil impregnation. Image courtesy of Sumitomo Bakelite

For more than 30 years, Sumitomo Bakelite has sustained a leading global position in the supply of semiconductor encapsulation materials that are used extensively in IT equipment such as computers, smartphones, tablets, and servers. Due to the recent rapid adoption of electric (EV) and hybrid (HV) vehicles, coupled with increasingly complex IT systems in new mobility solutions, the company is now expanding its production capacity to meet the increasing demand for epoxy encapsulation materials in automotive applications.

The Sumitomo Bakelite epoxy encapsulation portfolio covers a wide array of e Drive applications such as high speed permanent magnet rotors, stator insulation and coil impregnation. These all contribute to increased efficiency resulting in a better power to weight ratio and performance.

The electronics side of the system is also well served by the company’s high-performance solutions with an overmolding offering for small actuators, engine and transmission control units and power modules which allow for tighter, tamperproof packaging with a higher production throughput.

With significant demand for these new encapsulation material applications coming from OEMs and Tier 1s in Europe, Sumitomo Bakelite will locate its newest manufacturing line in Belgium, at its Vyncolit NV subsidiary.  Local production capacity and prototyping facilities will enhance the automotive materials offering and the development of bespoke customer solutions. 

“I am delighted to confirm that we will add dedicated epoxy encapsulation material production at our Ghent facility. This new capacity, positioned close to our leading European customers, broadens our material portfolio and will allow us to tailor encapsulation solutions specifically for each customer,” comments Pieter Vanderstraeten, General Manager and Director, Vyncolit NV.


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Stephen Moore

Stephen has been with PlasticsToday and its preceding publications Modern Plastics and Injection Molding since 1992, throughout this time based in the Asia Pacific region, including stints in Japan, Australia, and his current location Singapore. His current beat focuses on automotive. Stephen is an avid folding bicycle rider, often taking his bike on overseas business trips, and is a proud dachshund owner.

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