Das Texcar von Groz-Beckert

Not in any way a bad cut: the ‘Texcar’ at Techtextil

Many a textile engineer has harboured the wish at some time or other: “If only I could cut open a car and see where all the textiles are hidden.” So at Techtextil the exhibitor Groz-Beckert unveiled the ‘Texcar’, the cross-section of a Mercedes E-Class car full to the brim with products of the German manufacturer including industrial machine needles and precision components. It enabled visitors to see all the ways in which textiles are used.

The Texcar stand, just like the trade fair as a whole, was well attended.

The Texcar stand, just like the trade fair as a whole, was well attended.

There were the more ‘classic’ applications such as seat covers, air-bags and seat-belts. However this cross sectional model also offered deeper insights into the internal life of the car, including brakes made from carbon fibres and steel mesh for flexible pipes coming from exhaust systems. The bridge section on which the Texcar stood surprised in a quite different way.

The Groz-Beckert textile concrete bridge in Albstadt

The Groz-Beckert textile concrete bridge in Albstadt

The Swabians had a bridge section especially made for the Texcar from textile-reinforced concrete.  This reminded many visitors of the textile-reinforced pedestrian bridge in Albstadt that was opened at the end of 2010 with the support of Groz-Beckert. In fact, with a length of around 100 metres it is in currently the longest bridge in the world made from textile concrete and thanks to epoxy-resin impregnated fibreglass fabrics both lighter and less susceptible to corrosion.

More information on the Texcar
More information on the textile bridge

Image source: Groz-Beckert

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