Mexico’s Katcon moving into advanced materials with German support

Mexico’s Katcon moving into advanced materials with German support

Source: plasticsnews.com

Mexico-based auto exhaust and emissions control company Katcon has formed a new advanced materials business, assisted by German-based engineering specialist M.Tec.

The two companies connected through the Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production’s network and were assisted with the support of AMAC, a German-based industrial and business consulting company in the field of lightweight construction materials.

“We started advising and introducing Katcon, the worldwide renowned manufacturer for automotive exhaust systems, to the composite industry only in 2014,” said Michael Effing, founder of AMAC and a senior advisor to the Aachen Center (AZL). “To see this project alive and operational already now shows efficient project management.”

M.Tec will support Katcon of Apodaca, Mexico, in its entry to the advanced materials industry, with Katcon saying it is relying on M.Tec’s expertise while developing its in-house engineering capabilities.

Kai Fischer, Managing Director of AZL said in a statement: “This cooperation is an example of the efficient usage of our network and its specialized lightweight knowhow along the entire value chain — a complete new working team has thus been set up. To see how quickly AZL and its high quality lightweight competence network bears fruits is extremely satisfying for us. We wish Katcon and M.Tec best success as worl-class supplier cooperation in serving the worldwide transportation market.”

AMAC states it will assure business development and will establish Katcon’s market share in Europe, while AZL will aid process development and manufacturing and M.Tec will cover engineering and design, which will allow Katcon to develop its sales worldwide with its production facilities in Europe, Mexico, Asia and the U.S.