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Business Award For SP’S SPRINT Technology

08 July 2002

The Hampshire Business Awards have awarded SP’s SPRINT technology the ‘Bond Pearce Business Award for Innovation’.

In this UK regional award competition, SPRINT technology was cited as one of SP’s most innovative developments over the past couple of years, and SP’s ongoing commitment to developing affordable composite products for the wind-energy industry was also identified by the panel of judges. SPRINT has already won three other innovation and technology awards and is widely recognized as a key technology for the construction of the wind turbine blades of the future. SPRINT is manufactured on two custom-built production lines, one on the Isle of Wight and the other at SP’s plant in Spain.

SPRINT is also used in applications in both the automotive and marine industries, and has been proven to reduce production time and materials costs for customers fabricating lightweight composite components. SPRINT materials consist of dry fibre reinforcements, into which a thin precatalysed resin film has been inserted. When a vacuum bag is applied, the dry reinforcement provides a path for air to be extracted from the material - from between the SPRINT layers and from the mould surface. During the heat cure cycle the resin film softens, flows into the air-free reinforcement and yields a composite component with high fibre content, very low voids and excellent surface finish.





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