Fasteners from Fulcrum Outperform Traditional Composites

18 March 2006

Fulcrum Composites has been selected by the readers and editors of Fastener International Magazine as one of their Top Ten New Products of the Year.

Chris Edwards of Fulcrum Composites said, “Our focus always lies in the creation of new composite markets so it is particularly rewarding to receive this kind of accolade from such a respected publication which deals primarily with metal fasteners”

Fulcrum Threaded Rod offers a balance of low weight, corrosion resistance, electrical insulation, electromagnetic transparency and low thermal conductivity. Typical applications include joints in composite structures in chemical plants, water treatment, air pollution control, radar and electronic towers, cryogenic equipment, marine, transportation and infrastructure.

The threaded rod is produced in a proprietary process which combines sequential operations of thermoplastic pultrusion, extrusion, and molding/forming to optimize tensile strength, thread strength and torque resistance. The patent pending process does not involve cutting the fibres as in existing processes used for thermoset threaded rod. As a result the threads are significantly stronger and have better chemical resistance as the fibre ends are no longer exposed to chemical attack.

The threaded rod will be exhibited by Topglass on stand L24 at the JEC exhibition, Paris, France - March 28th – 30th 2006

Fulcrum Composites Inc. was formed in 2004 as a spin-off from The Dow Chemical Company to accelerate the commercialization of Fulcrum Technology. Dow maintains a minority shareholding in the company.

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