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WFC overcome fluoropolymer and glass cloth supply problems

News International-French

13 Apr 2011

According to the company, compared to traditional PTFE coated glass cloth, WFC’s Eterna is a unique technology designed to outlast its closest competitor by up to 3 times. With supply channels of traditional products being interrupted, Eterna coated glass cloth from WFC could go some way to solving these problems.

Whitford Flexible Composites (WFC) is a global solutions provider of durable, nonstick flexible composites.  The company, with its partners, develops breakthrough technologies designed to out-perform in the most demanding high-temperature release applications.  WFC’s solutions drive value to its customers through longer lasting release; reduction in energy consumption; and much more durable, and abrasion resistant materials.  WFC provides its solutions in the form of an extensive line of high-performance PTFE and silicone-based coated fabrics and pressure sensitive tapes. 

 

Following recent global events, availability of PTFE and woven glass fabric is threatening supplies across many sectors. The combination of ongoing reductions in availability of Chinese fluorspar – a key ingredient of PTFE – and recent interruptions in supply of Japanese PTFE and glass cloth have resulted in this unique supply shortage. Prices are being driven up while supplies are reducing, forcing many companies to review their purchasing channels to ensure their output is not affected. 

 

Although there are no quick fixes to this global dilemma, technology at WFC could be perfectly placed to deliver a solution. Compared to traditional PTFE coated glass cloth, WFC’s Eterna is a unique technology designed to outlast its closest competitor by up to 3 times. With supply channels of traditional products being interrupted, Eterna coated glass cloth from WFC can go some way to solving these problems.

 

The extended lifetime of the Eterna range means the ordering frequency for the product is reduced, ensuring the availability which allows your production to continue.

 

Martin Garnett, Managing Director of WFC and Whitford UK Ltd:

“During these troubling times it pays for companies to question their existing supply channels, and prompts the need for contingency plans to be put in place. WFC have a product that will not only last significantly longer, but as a result of this extended life, end users will be helped to overcome the present supply chain challenges, arising from events in the Far East. WFC are now positioned to be the new partner of choice.”

 

More information: www.whitfordww.com