FORMAX (Leicester, UK) put the emphasis on its new range of biaxial fabrics made from intermediate-modulus carbon fiber for motorsports (see photo) and sporting goods manufacturers. The -45°/+45° biaxials have been developed for the manufacture of structural composite parts in the motorsports industry. Compared with the woven fabrics currently used in these applications, which are mainly made from 3K/6K tow intermediate-modulus carbon fibers, the FORMAX multiaxial fabrics use 24K intermediate modulus fiber and, therefore, offer material cost savings. Typically available in weights of 200 g/m2 and 300 g/m2, the new biaxial fabrics can be used for prepreg, resin transfer molding (RTM), infusion and wet layup composite processes. FORMAX also says that its fiber-spreading technology enables the company to work with a range of fiber types from 3K through 50K, from all the main carbon fiber suppliers, including PAN- and pitch-based carbon fibers.
Editor PickA tsunami of growth: An inside look at the CSP/Teijin merger
I had the opportunity to meet and interview the top executives of Continental Structural Plastics (CSP, Auburn Hills, MI, US) and Teijin Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan) last week. The occasion was an open house and celebration of the acquisition of CSP by Teijin.