3B-Fibreglass (Battice, Belgium) reported on May 4 that it has signed a Joint Development Agreement (JDA) with carbon nanotube (CNT) manufacturer Nanocyl (Sambreville, Belgium) to develop reinforcement solutions combining glass fiber with CNT-based sizing, enabling a breakthrough in the performance of thermoplastic and thermoset composite applications.
Hugues Jacquemin, CEO of 3B, stated, “Delivering innovative products with improved performance is one of our cornerstones. Teaming up with CNT market leader Nanocyl will bring together two partners who are proven innovators. The end result will allow customers to extend their boundaries in the form of stronger, lighter weight and better performing applications”.
“Sizicyl CNT products improve electrical and mechanical properties in composites,” said Francis Massin, CEO of Nanocyl. “We are very excited to be joining forces with such a dynamic partner as 3B to deliver the next generation of CNT-based sizings that will meet emerging market needs”.
A key focus of the new generation of the CNT-sized glass fiber will be high-performance applications such as aerospace and wind energy, with further synergies to spin off into a wider range of applications.
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Part of the development strategy will focus on two new sectors for the company: aerospace and automotive.