Web Industries Joins ThermoPlastic composites Research Center (TPRC)

Composites formatting leader and European consortium collaborate to advance use of thermoplastic composites in manufacturing

MARLBOROUGH, Massachusetts, March 31, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Web Industries, Inc., leading provider of prepreg composite formatting technologies and services, and the ThermoPlastic composites Research Center (TPRC) in Enschede, The Netherlands, are pleased to announce that Web Industries has joined the TPRC. As a member company, Web will leverage its experience formatting thermoplastic composites for compression molding and tape placement to accelerate ongoing and future joint development projects.

Web was a key partner in defining the industry standards for precision slitting, spooling, and winding of aerospace-grade thermoset composite slit tape, and the company is a qualified prepreg slit tape provider for nearly all major automated fiber placement lines. Web's experience supporting multiple commercial aircraft programs has allowed it to build a unique knowledge base focused on bridging the gap between composite material producers, manufacturing machine companies, and end-product fabricators.

"We believe that our deep technical expertise formatting thermoplastic composites for use in manufacturing will be of great benefit to our fellow corporate and research members and to the greater thermoplastic composites community," commented Grand Hou, Web's Technical Manager for Advanced Composites.

The TPRC is an open innovation research and development center focused on advancing the use of thermoplastic composites in industrial and commercial manufacturing. Its member companies and experienced multidisciplinary teams conduct joint development projects researching new thermoplastic composite technologies and applications. Bringing over 25 years of experience formatting prepreg composite materials, Web will offer its extensive material handling and converting knowledge to the center and its partners.

"We are excited to be a part of the TPRC," said Blake Batley, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer for Web Industries. "We see the increasing acceptance of thermoplastic composite materials for aerospace, automotive, and industrial applications as an excellent opportunity for the market to take advantage of Web's full range of composite formatting services."

About the TPRC

TPRC, the ThermoPlastic composite Research Center, is a not-for-profit organization that performs research under the guidance of its industrial members who share the goal of increasing the market for thermoplastic composites and who together define the research roadmap. Since the opening of its laboratory in 2012, TPRC has steadily grown its activities in the aerospace automotive markets. TPRC strives to cooperate with current and future leading companies and other organizations in the field of thermoplastic composites.

About Web Industries

Web Industries, Inc., is the largest and most diverse provider of flexible material converting and end-product manufacturing services for the Advanced Composites, Medical, Consumer Product, Multi-Layer Insulation, and Wire & Cable markets. Utilizing the widest array of slitting, spooling, winding, and ply formatting configurations in the business, Web formats composites, nonwovens, specialty films, papers, foils, laminates, and foams for downstream manufacturing. Web specializes in developing optimized material processing solutions that deliver converted materials on custom-designed spools, planetary rolls, planetary pads, and ply kits for efficient, cost-effective product manufacturing. Web's facilities hold all industry-relevant certificates (AS/EN9100C, ISO 9001:2008, 13485, 14001, and FDA registration).

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CONTACT: Communication information about TPRC: Nick van der Vall,Marketing & PR - Enschede, The Netherlands, +31 (0) 88 877 38 06,Nick.vandervall@tprc.nl; Web Industries Media Relations, Laurie Partridge,+1 508.881.7267, principal@lauriepartridge.com

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