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FORMAX continues expansion with new machines and unique new fabrics

News International-French

27 Mar 2012

JEC Europe 2012 - Formax confirmes 30% growth levels in 2011, and presentes New Glass Malitronic machine and two unique new products


FORMAX new machine:

In a bid to extend their commitment to glass, FORMAX will commission a new Karl Mayer 100” Glass Malitronic machine. This investment will increase the company’s glass capacity by 25% and support the continued growth of FORMAX’s Wind Energy and Marine markets. The machine will begin production in March 2012.


FORMAX will also launch two new exclusive materials

• +/-45 Pitch Fibre Biaxials. FORMAX has developed a new range of high modulus +/-45 biaxials based on Mitsubishi’s Dialead fibres. A notoriously difficult material to work with, FORMAX has mastered the art of converting the high performance pitch fibre to create +/-45 biaxials that offer up to four to five times the stiffness of traditional pan fibre based biaxials. In addition, Pitch fibres offer very low levels of thermal expansion.

Consequently, FORMAX’s Pitch Fibre Biaxials are suitable for any application demanding ultra high modulus, or high levels of thermal stability.


• +/-30 Lightweight Carbon Multiaxials. This new fabric has been developed through the commission of the Karl Mayer Carbon Malitronic machine that the company installed last year. Available in a range of weights from 75gsm per ply, the new +/-30 is unique to FORMAX and works at a shallower angle enabling greater longitudinal stiffness. This robust fabric is perfectly suited to long, thin structures such as ski’s, snowboards,
surfboards and wings.



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