Michelman invests in Textechno FIMATEST adhesion measurement system

The company seeks to support Textechno in the goal of establishing more standardization for the industry regarding fiber-matrix-adhesion and processing properties.
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Michelman (Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.), a global developer and manufacturer of environmentally friendly advanced materials, including sizing for glass and carbon fiber, has announced its investment in the Textechno (Mönchengladbach, Germany) FIMATEST adhesion measurement system – a system the company has utilized for its sizing solutions.
“Optimized adhesion is one of the key performance attributes we provide our customers, and the fact that the Textechno FIMATEST system works according to the fiber pull-out principle makes it extremely valuable,” explains Steve Bassetti, Michelman’s global marketing director for Industrial Manufacturing. “We have utilized this equipment in our development lab for almost two years, and it is suited for any fiber-matrix combination we have developed.”

“We look forward to supporting Textechno in establishing more standardization for the Industry regarding fiber-matrix-adhesion and processing properties,” Basseti adds. “For Michelman’s customers, this equipment has allowed for great collaboration, increased screening of sizing concepts, and a more robust and efficient product development process.”

Dr. Michael Effing, senior advisor to Textechno says, “The market for high-end structural composite applications in the aerospace, automotive and wind energy sectors is growing at a rate of 6 to 8 percent year over year, representing over $125B globally. 90 percent of the market value is glass fiber-based, and 10 percent is carbon fiber-based. Therefore, reliable testing systems measuring the quality of fibers, fabrics, and the quality of the fiber-matrix adhesion are of tremendous importance to the industry.”

Both Textechno (hall 5A, booth D17) and Michelman (hall 5, booth C34) will be exhibiting at JEC World 2019 March 12-14, 2019.