BGF Industries (Greensboro, N.C., USA), a manufacturer of technical fiber materials for global markets, reported on May 9 that it has formed a strategic partnership with Innegra Technologies (Simpsonville, S.C., USA) to develop woven products using Innegra S fiber.
BGF reports that Innegra S is the lightest structural fiber available on the market and provides exceptional toughness in a composite structure while also reducing weight. In both glass and carbon composites, Innegra S improves composite performance while reducing overall cost.
BGF’s president, Robby Dunnagan, says, “Innegra S fiber is an innovation born of extensive research and development efforts and we are very pleased to collaborate with Innegra on this new endeavor.” Dunnagan adds, “We are confident that Innegra S fiber is uniquely suited to complement our extensive product offerings in the composites market and other markets we serve. We look forward to a prosperous and enduring future with Innegra Technologies for their Innegra S applications.”
BGF notes that the demand for lighter weight, less costly materials has created explosive growth for new composite applications, and also has exposed some weaknesses in the materials available to meet the market’s rigorous high-performance requirements. The inherent rigidity of typical high-modulus fibers has limited the applications available, says BGF. Innegra S fiber delivers an ultra-lightweight fiber (0.84 g/cc) with good energy absorption for increased impact resistance and damage tolerance.
Mark Smith, Innegra’s CEO, says, “BGF’s long history in the composite fabric weaving industry has allowed them to be tuned in to the needs of the industry. This, combined with state-of-the-art manufacturing and research facilities, make them an exciting partner in our commitment to align ourselves with companies who are willing to take the lead in composite application development.”