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ALMELO, THE NETHERLANDS -- (Marketwire) -- 12/12/12 -- TenCate Advanced Composites has
been successful in qualifying to supply carbon
fibre-reinforced thermoplastic composite material for a leading global
automotive customer. Now that the customer-specific development phase for a
structural automotive application has been completed, marking the end of
the
qualification process, structural integrity tests of the final product
begin.



The strategic focus of TenCate will initially focus on structural parts and
other components which are crucial for the integrity and safety of the
vehicle.
The demand for lightweight structures in hybrid and electric cars for daily
use
will grow in the coming years. This will be a gradual process that will
evolve
through co-development with partners that supply the automotive industry in
close cooperation with OEMs.





Dave Clarke, global group director, TenCate Advanced Composites states:
"The
strategic goal of TenCate is to use our leading position in thermoplastic
composites and established industrial manufacturing capabilities to
generate
solutions for the automotive industry. TenCate has achieved its current
position
over the past few decades mainly in the aerospace industry with its TenCate
Cetex® product portfolio.



The production of lightweight vehicles in larger volumes will become
reality by
using fibre-reinforced thermoplastics. These advanced materials can
substantially speed up and industrialize manufacturing processes for parts
and
components. Carbon fibre-reinforced composites will in the future no longer
be
used only in Formula 1 and high-end sports car production, but also be a
critical part of mainstream, modern and fuel-efficient vehicles".



Royal Ten Cate



Almelo, the Netherlands, Wednesday 12 December 2012



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TenCate Advanced Composites is a leader in the development and production
of
thermoplastic and thermoset prepreg composites for various industries. Its
product portfolio is incorporated in automotive products, medical equipment
and
numerous other applications. TenCate Advanced Composites has production
facilities and operations in North America, Europe and Asia.



Royal Ten Cate (TenCate) is a multinational company that combines textile
technology with related chemical processes and material technology in the
development and production of functional materials with distinctive
characteristics. TenCate products are sold worldwide.
Systems and materials from TenCate come under four areas of application:
safety
& protection, space & aerospace, infrastructure & the environment, and
sport &
recreation. TenCate occupies leading positions in protective fabrics,
composites
for space and aerospace, anti-ballistics, geosynthetics and synthetic turf.
TenCate is listed on the NYSE Euronext (AMX).




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