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31st March 2014, Runcorn

Sigmatex announces €2.8 million investment

The carbon textile solutions company Sigmatex has announced a EUR 2.8 million investment programme that is due to come on stream in the fourth quarter of 2014, following the positive results that the company has achieved in the fourth quarter of 2013.

The multi-axial investment programme includes another state of the art Liba Multi-axial line, which is further enhanced by a dedicated Meyer Powder Coating line incorporating infra-red heating and a belt press, to enhance the company’s strategy for nonwoven fabrics.

Investment programme

The investment programme includes the addition of a number of new Dornier looms to supplement Sigmatex’s current production capabilities.

Sigmatex is a leading converter of carbon fibre. © Sigmatex

It also involves additional new Dornier Research and Development looms, as well as providing a significant funding for Open Reed Weaving Technology that is expected to support the company’s multi-axial weaving capabilities.

The investment in capital equipment will also result in a 20% increase in the operational staff at the Runcorn facility. Ian Marchant, Sigmatex’s General Manager, said that through the commitment of the board and the considerable efforts of the workforce, Sigmatex will continue to lead material innovation within the composites market through textile and operational excellence.


Sigmatex is a leading converter of carbon fibre. Having expertise in this field since 1972, the company has grown rapidly to meet ever increasing demands for their products and services.

Chris McHugh, Sigmatex Technical Manager, commented: “Sigmatex fabrics are available in a range of formats including 3D woven, multiaxial fabrics, woven, UD and tape fabrics for many high performance composite applications. The materials can be tailored to suit differences in fibre orientation, crimp, drapeability, thickness and resin permeability.”

Sigmatex works with customers to create carbon fibre textiles which meet various requirements including fibre orientation, crimp, drapeability, thickness and resin permeability.

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