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28th August 2013, Leicester

Formax to launch new reinforcements at Composites Europe 2013

Formax, a leading manufacturer of carbon fibre and specialty composite reinforcements, will be launching two new exclusive fabric ranges at Composites Europe 2013 – A-FORM, an advanced range of Class A automotive textiles, and reFORM, a recycled multiaxial reinforcement manufactured entirely from reprocessed carbon.

The show where Formax will also introduce visitors to new Drape Simulation Technology will take place  from 17-19 September in Stuttgart, Germany.

A-FORM

According to Formax, the development of highly specialised fabrics suitable for the production of Class A body panel components is a response to the increasing demand for superior quality carbon fibre by the automotive industry.

Formax now has the capability to support customers with specialist Drape Simulation software that enables the optimisation of fabric design. © Formax

Based around +/-45 degree configurations and ranging in weights from 150-300gsm, these innovative reinforcements said to minimise cure and processing times, thereby greatly reducing labour and painting costs. The super fine stitching and a variety of laminated surface veils are expected to eliminate the undesirable effect of ‘print through’ on finished parts.

reFORM

The creation of a new Recycling Division at Formax’s UK headquarters has allowed the company to devote considerable resource into optimising and developing a recycled materials range.

reFORM is a new reinforcement manufactured entirely from reprocessed carbon fibre wastage and is engineered for a variety of non-structural and structural applications across a range of industries.

Drape Simulation Technology

Formax now has the capability to support customers with specialist Drape Simulation software that enables the optimisation of fabric design. The programme predicts how a material will perform and drape during the manufacturing process and highlight areas of difficulty such as creasing and permeability issues.

www.formax.co.uk

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