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Formax to present its next generation of reinforcements

News International-French

28 Aug 2013

Formax, a leading global manufacturer of carbon fibre and specialty composite reinforcements, will be launching two new fabric ranges. The first, A-FORM an advanced range of Class A automotive textiles and secondly, reFORM, a recycled multiaxial reinforcement manufactured entirely from reprocessed carbon.

As the automotive industry continues to seek superior quality carbon fibre textiles in increasing volumes, Formax has responded with the development of several highly specialised fabrics that are suitable for the production of Class A body panel components. Based around +/-45 degree configurations and ranging in weights from 150-300gsm, these innovative reinforcements minimise cure and processing times, thereby greatly reducing labour and painting costs. Thanks to super fine stitching and a variety of laminated surface veils the undesirable effect of ‘print through’ on finished parts is eliminated.

The creation of a new recycling division at Formax’s UK headquarters has allowed the company to devote considerable resource into optimizing and developing a recycled materials range. reFORM is a new reinforcement manufactured entirely from reprocessed carbon fibre wastage and is engineered for a variety of non-structural and structural applications across a range of industries.

Drape Simulation Technology
Formax now has the capability to support customers with specialist drape simulation software that enables the optimization of fabric design. The program predicts how a material will perform and drape during the manufacturing process and highlight areas of difficulty such as creasing and permeability issues.

Further details about these new product and services will be available at Composites Europe 2013, from 17th-19th September in Stuttgart, Germany.