The lightest and strongest tank cladding in the world thanks to LAMILUX X-treme

The most X-treme composite on the market

Tank containers last for decades. During this time, it transports gases, oils, milk and other liquids - and an image. Its exterior shell is the operator’s business card. Cladding the container with LAMILUX X-treme glass-fibre reinforced plastic permanently protects the representative shell from UV, weather and mechanical effects.

LAMILUX X-treme is the spearhead of tank cladding materials. It is a fibre-reinforced composite material with the maximum possible content of reinforcement fibres in a highly elastic epoxy resin matrix. LAMILUX X-Treme designs save operators time and money. The shock-resistant material reduces maintenance and repair costs, thus reducing container downtime. 

For safe transport in difficult conditions

Tank containers of all kinds are subjected to very high mechanical loads during loading and transport; whether as containers on a cargo ship or as tank containers on trains or on a truck. This is where LAMILUX X-treme comes in: it provides safe and energy-efficient transport of tank containers.

Even under the toughest conditions on the world’s roads and seas, the material remains visually appealing and maximises the durability of life of the entire structure. The operator also saves running operating costs for his fleet, as the tank container has a significantly lower dead weight than ones with conventional exterior shell. 

Advantages with LAMILUX X-treme tank cladding

  • Reduced maintenance and repair costs
  • Maximum durability of life & less downtime
  • High-quality appearance even under the toughest conditions
  • Reduced operating costs due to weight reduction

It's not just LAMILUX X-treme that makes tank cladding strong: in a webinar on 10.08.2021, LAMILUX Product Manager Sascha Oswald will report on the versatile GRP solutions for the tank container industry. Which areas of application in the tank container industry are suitable for the use of GRP? Which LAMILUX products are used in the tank container industry and what advantages do they offer?
The GRP professionals will answer all these questions and more in the webinar "GRP solutions for the tank container industry". Register now!

High-strength and thermally resistant

LAMILUX X-treme and LAMILUX X-treme Carbon absorb any load and tension forces on sandwich panels with their large-scale use in a wide variety of applications, making the whole structure resistant to torsion. This becomes clear when the carbon-fibre-reinforced polymer is compared to other materials used as sandwich face sheets. It is up to 50 per cent lighter with a tensile strength three or four times greater than steel or aluminium.

The low thermal expansion in this composite material ensures that large structural components can be produced without bubbles or distortions emerging in the long term. The low thermal conductivity in products and the consequent optimised insulation in cooling transport containers make powerful arguments for the material's use in refrigerated trucks.

High impact resistance

However, all such properties are not of any use to the commercial vehicle industry if the material is unable to take mechanical stress loads caused by shock and impact. X-treme products not only withstand such loads, but usually resist them in a way that completely prevents major damage and downtimes due to repairs in most cases. The material even manages to hold fast during hail storms and adverse weather conditions, making it ideal for both body interiors and exteriors. 

LAMILUX fibre-reinforced composites are produced in a continuous, automated production process. The separate production lines guarantee minimum delivery periods while providing consistently optimum quality which can be reproduced at any time. The X-treme product range can be manufactured in widths up to three metres while the length of sheets or rolls are tailored to customer requirements.

The most X-treme composite on the market

Thanks to the maximum possible content of reinforcement fibres, equal to approximately 70 % by weight, and perfect bonding with the high-strength epoxy resin matrix, enormous tensile strengths can be achieved which are more than twice that of steel.   

LAMILUX X-treme thus achieves three times the tensile strength of the best tank cladding material available from our competitors and exceeds the strength and rigidity values of most materials many times over.

Global standards for the future of the tank container industry

As part of the global ITCO association, LAMILUX Composites is setting global standards for the transport of tank containers and is thus actively shaping the future of the tank container industry. Founded in 1998, the International Tank Container Organization represents the international tank container industry to the public and government agencies - always with the aim of promoting the industry with more than 170 members worldwide.

"We are very pleased to have become a member of ITCO in February this year and to be able to work with ITCO on its mission to promote and present tank containers as a safe, cost-effective and flexible means of transport. Here we can support the organisation especially in the technological developments in the interest of quality and safety in the tank container industry" says Sascha Oswald, Head of Product Management at LAMILUX Composite.

About LAMILUX Composites GmbH

LAMILUX Composites GmbH has been producing fibre-reinforced plastics for around 70 years. The medium-sized company is the leading European producer thanks to its technologically advanced continuous production process, large manufacturing capacities and wide product range. LAMILUX supplies customers around the globe in a wide range of sectors, such as the building industry, the automotive and recreational vehicle sectors, refrigerated store room and cell construction, and many other industrial sectors. In 2020, LAMILUX and its some 1,200 employees achieved a turnover of 293 million euros. The family-managed company is based in Rehau, Bavaria.

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