Toronto based Cymat Technologies Ltd. Announced on March 27 the completion of its new proprietary-alloy foam panel production runs. These panels have now been shipped to Alucoil, Cymat's Spanish joint venture partner, for the commencement of new brazed sandwich panel product trials.
With the assistance of experts from Cymat's raw material supplier Rio Tinto Alcan, Cymat was able to produce alloy foam panels of a complex new raw material that is specifically designed to withstand the rigors of commercial-scale brazing. These new panels should expedite the completion of product trials at Alucoil.
Upon the successful completion of these trials, the JV will begin initial production runs and the panels produced will, in turn, be shipped to select Alucoil clients for testing and certification.
Michael Liik, Cymat's CEO, stated in a press release on March 27, "Our most recent alloy modifications represent an evolutionary leap over previous iterations sent to Alucoil for product trials. This could only have been achieved through the high degree of co-operation between Cymat's new European-based CTO and globally-sourced experts at Rio Tinto Alcan."
Cymat develops innovative materials for industry. The company has worldwide rights, through patents and licenses, for producing Stabilized Aluminum Foam. The ultra-light metallic foam is manufactured by bubbling gas through molten alloyed aluminum containing a dispersion of fine ceramic particles and can be either continuously produced in flat panels or as near-net shapes. The result is a material with a wide array of features including very low density, mechanical energy absorption, thermal and acoustic insulation, is recyclable, time and temperature insensitive and has a relatively low cost of production. Cymat is collaborating with a number of partners spanning the architectural, blast mitigation and automotive industries. For further information, visit the Web site www.cymat.com.
According to Cymat Stabilized Aluminum can address automotive companies’ competing needs to lighten vehicles, yet improve crashworthiness and occupant protection.