Sigmatex relocates headquarters, adds new machinery

Sigmatex moves to a new facility in the U.K. and adds equipment for the manufacture of non-crimp multiaxial carbon fiber fabrics.

Sigmatex reports that it has completed the next phase of its investment and expansion strategy by relocating its U.K. manufacturing headquarters. Located in Norton, Cheshire, U.K., close to its previous site, the new purpose-built facility has 93,000 ft2^ (approx 8,700m2^) of office and manufacturing space that includes a dedicated technical development cell for the research of carbon fiber fabric architecture and technical textiles.

Built with increased capacity and efficiencies in mind and to meet the growing demand for Sigmatex products, this new facility provides an optimized work flow environment and houses several independent weaving cells, and separate areas for the latest in multiaxial and 3-D carbon fiber fabric manufacturing equipment.

"This major investment demonstrates the commitment of Sigmatex to support the world’s composite markets with increased capacities and new technologies for the manufacture of carbon fiber fabrics, at the same time allowing the global business of Sigmatex to expand,"says Scott Tolson, managing director.

The company also reports that it has installed new technology for the manufacture of non-crimp, multiaxial carbon fiber fabrics. A new Copcentra MAX 5 Universal machine (MAX 5U) from LIBA Maschinenfabrik GmbH (Naila, Germany), the first of its kind worldwide, is being installed at the Sigmatex U.K. facility. It offers advanced fiber spreading techniques, increased speed of fiber deposition, adjustable laying heads for the angles and the capability to manufacture fabrics at variable widths. From its maximum width of 2,540 mm/101 inches it can produce multiaxial fabrics as narrow as 1,270 mm/50 inches.

In addition to the new Copcentra MAX 5U technology, Sigmatex has additional LIBA multiaxial machines - Copcentra MAX 3 and Copcentra MAX 5 machines - at its U.K. and Benicia, Calif. sites.