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26th September 2019, Bolton

Bindatex records increase in orders from NCC

Bindatex slits and spools precision composite tapes. © Bindatex

Bindatex slits and spools precision composite tapes. © Bindatex  

Composites and advanced materials precision slitting company Bindatex has seen a recent increase in orders from the National Composites Centre (NCC) based in Bristol over the last six months. Thanks to the Bolton-based company’s unique expertise and the ability to turn things around quickly, the whole team are now seeing the results of the hard work put in over the last five years, the company reports.

Bindatex understands the needs of its customers, who only require small volumes of slit tapes for R&D projects – the NCC identified the advantages of this service around eight years ago. Up until recently, this consisted of a small number of orders a year, but demand from the global leader in composite technology has steadily increased in recent months.

“The NCC were aware that we slit and spool precision composite tapes but over the last year we have been working more closely with the NCC as they realised the extent of our capabilities and that we could do a lot more than what we had been doing for them,” commented Chris Lever, Bindatex Managing Director. “We are experts at taking development, non-standard and often challenging to cut material and precision slit these to extremely high tolerances. Not only that, our lead times are relatively short compared to typical industry standards.”

Supporting R&D

The NCC is a world-leading authority on composites, bringing together and developing the best minds and the best technologies to solve the world’s most complex engineering challenges. “The NCC was looking to support one of its customers to source a non-standard, development material to the correct width, with compressed lead times,” said Andy Sutton, Engineering Capability Lead at the NCC.

“Being able to use Bindatex gave us and our customers the flexibility to do more investigations into the design of their product, with Bindatex’s flexibility allowing us to change the sizes up until the last minute. By doing this, a more optimised solution was found and an interesting line of product development was able to continue unhindered.”


Bindatex moved to larger premises in 2018. The company has invested in machines with industry 4.0 capability, allowing exact widths of spooling to be digitally captured. “Some material sourced from certain parts of the world can appear to be better value for money, but tolerances aren’t always as precise as a customer needs,” said Mr Lever.

“We monitor slit width precisely and by extracting this valuable data while the machines are processing the material means we can work within our customers specification. Developing our capabilities such as using industry 4.0 technology, ensures we continue to grow and remain one of Europe’s leading precision composite slitting service providers.”

Bindatex has a modern manufacturing facility, with state-of-the-art slitting machines capable of converting everything from narrow width precision slitting for automated fibre placement (AFP) to automated tape laying (ATL); flake/chopped fibre production, micrometre slitting/kiss cutting; traverse wound spooling as well as die and sheet/panel cutting.

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