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After acquiring German based Wipag Deutschland, Albis Plastic will present a new portfolio of engineering resins filled with recycled carbon fiber in addition to its established range of locally produced compounds and distribution products at Chinaplas.

Stephen Moore

April 2, 2018

2 Min Read
Recycled carbon fiber content compounds to debut at Chinaplas

Effective January 2018, Albis Plastic GmbH acquired the Wipag Group, specialists in processing and production of carbon fiber compounds for injection molding, with sites in Neuburg (Donau), and Gardelegen (both in Germany). Wipag's recycling technology takes waste carbon fiber, which comes mostly from the automotive industry, and processes it into reinforced carbon fiber compounds based on polypropylene (PP) and polyamide (PA). This new portfolio enables Albis to offer lightweight solutions for the automotive industry and especially for the growing electric vehicle (EV) segment.

Albis will once again be present at Chinaplas, this time with a portfolio of carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastics.

“This year’s Chinaplas will be the first fair where we present our new launched carbon fiber portfolio based on recycled feedstock,” notes Thomas Marquardt, Managing Director of Wipag Deutschland GmbH. “As the most important plastics industry event in Asia, Chinaplas is an ideal forum for introducing customers and partners to relevant solutions and example applications.”

“In general we see that our range of highly technical and sophisticated solutions is resonating more and more with the Chinese market. As a reaction we will invest in two new extrusion lines significantly expanding our compounding capacity in our Changshu plant in the third quarter of this year, meaning we will be ready for the future and the ongoing trend towards high quality materials in all market segments relevant to us,” says Hans Rukes, Managing Director of Albis Plastic Asia Pacific.

“We see good growth opportunities in 2018 here in China, significantly above average market growth,” says Rukes, “and this is the reason for our major investment at our compounding site this year.”

Albis is continuing to emphasize technical differentiation and competence within the Chinese market, flanking its own brand portfolio with distribution products from international polymer manufacturers such as Covestro, Lanxess, Ineos Styrolution and LyondellBasell. The portfolio also includes Tecnaro GmbH’s line of products based on the renewable raw material lignin.

As one of the world’s leading suppliers of plastic solutions for lighting applications, Albis offers tailor-made products for the automotive and E&E industries. Its proven Alcom portfolio, which entails products for use in injection molding, was recently expanded to include Alcom LDX grades. These new light-diffusing compounds were developed for use in extruding profiles for linear LED light guides and lighting covers. Alcom LDX products are “ready-to-use” compounds with excellent light transmission and optimum scattering, ensuring homogenous illumination.

Today, Albis is represented in a number of China’s core regions and will be expanding its radius of activity further into the Northern part of China. In addition, Albis is working actively to expand its presence in the markets in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, South Korea and Japan.

About the Author(s)

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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