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9th August 2017, Runcorn

Sigmatex delivers materials for Turkish ferries project

A four-year supply agreement between Sigmatex, a leading converter of carbon fibre, and Yalova, Turkey-based Özata Shipyard has this month drawn to a successful completion. Ordered by Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, Özata Shipyard was tasked to build a series of passenger ferries.

With a need to ease congestion traffic travelling into the city of Izmir by roads, the ferries needed to be designed to travel as quickly and efficiently as possible. Özata Shipyard in conjunction with TBS Yard AB, approached Sigmatex with a material design brief to meet the design specification.

The new passenger ship built for Izmir Metropolitan Municipality at Özata Shipyard. © Sigmatex

Sigmatex already has proven track record in providing a high-volume supply chain into demanding customers such as the US Navy (Zumwalt-class destroyer DDX) and Kockums (Visby Corvettes).

The agreement, originally signed in 2013, led to the supply of 300 tonnes of NCF and UD carbon textiles over the term of the four-year project. The successful delivery of materials saw each of the 15-strong fleet completed in eight months, delivered in 90-day intervals.

“The Ships of the Future are now recognised as one of the first and most important projects of its kind in the world,” the company comments. “Built from carbon fibre they are significantly more environmentally friendly given their longer life expectancy, compared to a steel equivalent, combined with its lighter construction – less fuel is consumed.”

The ferries were constructed for use as sea transport vehicles and the final ferry in the fleet is anticipated to be commissioned by the final quarter in 2017.

With over 30 years’ experience of carbon fibre conversion, Sigmatex develops and manufactures carbon fibre for composite material applications. From global locations, Sigmatex can supply a wide portfolio of carbon textile solutions to a variety of market sectors. These solutions include standard 2D fabrics, 3D woven structures, spread tow, unidirectional, recycled and multiaxial fabrics.

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