BLOG Interview with Mr. Shantanu Banerjee from Coats Plc.. Meet the company at booth 5/D26 @COMPOSITES EUROPE show

15 September 2015 | By Angela in aerospace, Aerospace Industry, Automotive Industry, Business, Composite production, Construction Industry, Design, Engineering, Exhibitors, Fiber, Manufacturing

Q: Please introduce yourself.  What are your responsibilities within your company Coats Plc.?

A: As President of Speciality at Coats, I am responsible for growing the business in all of the key regions around the world in which we operate and also the innovation and technological developments of this dynamic part of our company.

Mr. Banerjee

Mr. Shantanu Banerjee, President, Coats

Q: What makes Coats Speciality unique?

A: Coats focuses on offering solutions through customer-led innovation.  From bedding to fibre optics to composites, our product offerings are constantly evolving; enhancing existing products as well as partnering with customers to explore new areas of opportunity.  In fact, 35% of what we make today did not even exist five years ago.

We have a global footprint with employees across six continents and sites strategically located around the world including the US, Turkey and China.  They are each equipped with technology which, combined with our quality specifications, ensure our products remain consistent no matter where in the world they are produced.

Q: Why do you attend COMPOSITES EUROPE?

A: Composites are no longer considered ‘space-age’ materials, and are now being used in a diverse range of applications.  Coats offers custom solutions to limitless needs and requirements.  By attending Composites Europe we can meet with everybody, whether customers, potential customers, suppliers, industry experts, etc, to explore what more we can develop and offer in this exciting and dynamic sector.

 Q: What kind of products do you offer?

A: Coats has invested in a state of the art carbon room which produces custom hybrid yarns based on specific end use structural requirements. In addition, using a unique technology specifically developed for us, we are able to commingle precise ratios of matrix and reinforcement fibres as well as uniformly distribute them which allows the thermoplastic to ‘flow’ easily and quickly during the molding process.

We are also able to twist carbon with or without multiple ends and with other reinforced fibres like fiberglass, aramids and steel.

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 Q: Why thermoplastic over thermoset?

A: Coats believes that thermoplastic composites is the segment where it can add more value to carbon, aramid, or other fibers through twisting, comingling, blending, or coating processes. Thermoplastic composite parts can be produced in a fraction of the time compared to thermoset. The thermoplastic process is particularly suitable to replace more complex small metal parts with light weight material that would be stronger in terms of both tensile and impact strengths – a huge advantage in industries like automotive and aircraft interiors. Thermoplastic composites also offer greater flexibility for carbon recycling, which we believe may become a key concern for the industry in the future.

Q: Looking to the future, where do you think the composites industry is headed?  What are you looking forward to seeing?

A: The composites industry has developed exponentially over recent years.  Composites used to primarily just be used in wind mills, aircraft fuselages, and marine applications.  Nowadays technological advances in manufacturing mean they can be produced with lightweight, flexible properties but still retain core strength to feature in everything from sporting goods where they help enhance performance to automotive and aerospace.

Major markets are being revolutionized by composites technology – higher quality, better safety and increased performance – the commercial applications are endless.


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