UD Tapes


New standards in lightweight construction

The new line for the production of UD tapes at the Fraunhofer Pilot Plant Center for Polymer Synthesis and Processing PAZ in Schkopau stands out for worldwide unique processing performance and speed.



UD tapes on a biological basis

A team from the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS in Halle (Saale) has developed endless fiber-reinforced plastic composites, which not only have very good lightweight properties but also have even been produced on the basis of renewable raw materials.


New impregnation method for sustainable reinforcement fibres

Light, sturdy, sustainable – those are the demands on new construction materials. Uni-directional fibre-reinforced materials, or UD-Tapes, have very high potential.They are particularly suitable as reinforcement materials for components high strain and can be used in load-bearing areas. This means that component volumes under less strain can be filled with short fibre-reinforced materials in order to save weight and costs.


Lightweight concepts for leaf springs

Glass fibre reinforced UD tapes offer great potential for lightweight construction.


New processes for lightweight components

Lightweight, crashproof and cost-effective in series production: Prof. Dr. Peter Michel of Fraunhofer IMWS and his team of around 25 people are currently developing a manufacturing process for new continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic components for the automotive industry. At the end they are to be transferred into industrial production. In the interview, Prof. Michel explains the prospects for success.