21 January 2008
21 January 2008
TechFab has officially changed its name to Chomarat North America and has also added two new products to its C-Grid product line.
In December 2006, France-based Groupe Chomarat, purchased the remaining 50 percent share of TechFab, LLC, which was formerly owned by Hexcel Corporation
From January 3, 2008, the ongoing operations and business activities of TechFab, LLC and Rovicore, LLC will be consolidated into a single corporate commercial entity. Bruce Hinton, former President of TechFab, LLC will serve as the President of Chomarat North America.
The new C-Grid products, identified as C50 – 3.5 x 4.0 and C50 – 2.2 x 2.2 join the C C-Grid C50 series of carbon fibre grids. The products are designed with larger openings to make it easier to place large aggregate concrete mixes where a lower strength, more economical product is needed. These products are expected to be quickly adopted by the construction community for use as reinforcement for concrete where corrosion resistance and crack control are desired.
Both C-Grid products are made using Zoltek Panex carbon fibre supplied by Zoltek Company of St. Louis, Missouri.
TechFab has also formed a strategic alliance partnership with Denso North America Inc. to develop a proprietary system for strengthening deteriorated timber and concrete piles by combining the strength of TechFab’s C-Grid carbon fibre grids with Denso’s SeaShield pile jacketing systems.
The technical partnership will combine the advanced testing and development capabilities of both companies to create a revolutionary encapsulation system that not only protects timber and concrete piles from aggressive saltwater environments and marine borers, but also strengthens deteriorated piles with a durable, non-corrosive reinforcement.
Cobra International is celebrating its 40th year and has commissioned a book that will look at 40 key projects and 40 key people that were integral to the company’s growth. ‘Klaus Simmer and The King Cobra: A breakthrough in surfboard design and production technology’ is an extract article from this book and a breakthrough composites product for Cobra, establishing its presence as a manufacturer of high performance windsurf boards and creating global visibility for the Cobra brand.
Technical Fibre Products will showcase its Optiveil nonwovens at China Composites Expo in Shanghai on 5-7 September.
A team of engineers at the University of Delaware (UD) is developing next-generation smart textiles by creating flexible carbon nanotube composite coatings on a wide range of fibres, including cotton, nylon and wool.