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11th February 2013, Leicester

Formax to announce new plans at JEC


As a measure to improve and facilitate future growth, Formax a leading manufacturer of carbon fibre and speciality composite reinforcements, will be announcing expansion plans and a new company organisation at the forthcoming JEC 2013 in Paris. Investment in Formax’ R&D function will also be a focus as the company looks to strengthen its product development capabilities during the coming year.

A new company organisation will be launched with the creation of three Business Sectors for the Marine, Automotive and Industrial markets. The formation of the individual sectors will ensure customers receive a highly specialised service as each division is supported by technicians and sales staff with market specific skills and expertise.

The company, which has seen tremendous growth in the last 5 years, will also expand its production facilities in Narborough. Formax has secured a 2000 square metre site to house an additional manufacturing plant and composite testing equipment.

Formax has also revealed it will be investing considerable resource into the company’s R&D functions. A prestigious Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Nottingham University commences in Spring 2013 with the aim of developing a comprehensive material characterization capability and advanced simulation methodology for composites.

Other primary areas of research include the recycling of waste carbon fabrics into short fibre products for use in tooling laminates, carbon ceramics and structural composites; and the elimination of fabric waste in future composite manufacture.

“Our vision for 2013 is to consolidate and enhance Formax’ product offering and the service we provide. We are constantly striving to produce the next generation of reinforcement fabrics and product development is integral to our business,” said Oliver Wessely, Managing Director of Formax.

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