The E-LFT process was developed by ESORO on behalf
of the company. The patented process for processing long
fibre and continuous filament-reinforced thermoplastics was presented
for the first time at the 2003 AVK Congress with a fully automatically
manufactured and tested specimen component.
This was based on the already established, low-cost and flexible
LFT extrusion process, supplemented by plant engineering for conditioning
continuous-filament sections. A high-performance handling system
allows joint deposition of LFT and continuous-filament sections
(EF) as a complex multiple intermediate layer in a compression mould.
The single-stage process which is suitable for large-scale production
results in low-cost components entirely without material offcuts
which, thanks to the targeted combination of EF and LFT, feature
a performance spectrum which exceeds that of conventional LFT or
GMT parts many times over. It allows applications which have, to
date, been the sole domain of metallic components.