FORMAX (Leicester, U.K.), a global manufacturer of carbon fiber and speciality reinforcements, reported on April 24 that it continues its plans for expansion with the completion of the installation of a new Karl Mayer 100-inch/2,540-mm Malitronic MULTIAXIAL machine. This equipment increases FORMAX’s glass manufacturing capacity by 25 percent, supporting the company’s continued growth in the glass fiber multiaxial market.
The Malitronic MULTIAXIAL machine features a batching unit for producing 100-inch rolls of up to 4 tons. This feature, combined with optimal weft insertion and layer fixation, plus an average speed that is twice that of standard 50-inch machines, means that it can produce an equivalent capacity of four by 50-inch glass multiaxial with the same level of fabric uniformity and technical quality.
The new machine is housed within a 500m2/5,381-ft2 production hall at FORMAX’s headquarters in Leicester. The refurbished building features sophisticated temperature and humidity controls ensuring the highest quality glass reinforcements are manufactured. FORMAX has recruited and trained a number of operators and support staff to manage the installation and day-to-day running of the machine.
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The additional capacity will be in place starting in 2018.