Resources & Partners
We are not alone and neither are you
In our ambition to develop and manufacture superior components we want to use the best materials and tools to make components. In our joint developments, we put a lot of effort in setting up a supply chain which works best both technically and economically for the component. Therefore, our relationships to material suppliers, our specialized tool makers and to universities are of key importance.
When developing commercial components Cato uses state-of-the-art production equipment and tools. For development we use CAD tools for 3D design and software for process simulation and performance (strength) calculations. For in-house prototyping and production we use:
- an automated and integrated thermoforming and trimming line, max. part size 1.0 x 0.80 m
- an automated and integrated thermoforming and trimming line, max. part size 0.65 x 0.15 m
- a semi-automated thermoforming and compression moulding press, max part size 0.50 x 0.50 m
- precision routing equipment to ± 0.05 mm
- injection moulding capacity
We maintain good working relationships with local universities, product designers, tool makers and manufacturing companies. Material and component testing is regularly carried out in collaboration with the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Delft UT and/or the Faculty of Engineering Technology, University of Twente. Cato Composite Innovation BV partners with Cato Composites, Halden (Norway), a 100% subsidiary of Cato Ringstad AS.
For Cato CI it is important to work closely with key material suppliers across the globe: Continuous Fibre Reinforced Thermoplastic Composite (CFRTP) material suppliers like Bond-Laminates (TEPEX®*), SUPREM, Ten Cate (CETEX®*) and Lankhorst (PURE®*).
In addition to those material suppliers, Cato CI has ties with sandwich core material suppliers like Rohacell®* and Tubus Bauer, decorative film suppliers and injection moulding material suppliers.
*® TEPEX is a registered trademark of Bond-Laminates
® CETEX is a registered trademark of Ten Cate
® PURE is a registered trademark of Lankhorst
® Rohacell is a registered trademark of Evonik