20 March 2012
20 March 2012
After a long working relationship, Sigmatex and Innegra Technologies are forming a strategic alliance to develop applications utilising Innegra S fibre.
According to Sigmatex, Innegra S high performance fibre is the lightest structural fibre available, delivering superior toughness in a composite while at the same time reducing weight. They say that in both glass and carbon composites; Innegra S dramatically increases the composite toughness and impact resistance delivering the complimentary benefits the of high performance fibres such as aramids and carbon at a fraction of the cost.
Sigmatex explain that while the growth of composites has given rise to numerous new applications, it has also exposed some weaknesses in the available materials to meet stringent performance requirements. Soaring fuel and energy costs have heightened the need for even lighter composites. They say that the inherent rigidity of high modulus fibres has, to an extent, limited the applications available.
Innegra S fibre is designed to give the composite designer an ultra-lightweight fibre (0.84g/cc) with excellent energy absorption for impact resistance. Combining this fibre with high modulus fibres using state of the art reinforcement technologies is expected to further fuel the growth of composite applications.
Scott Tolson, CEO, Sigmatex commented saying “With Sigmatex’s world leading expertise and wide product range we felt that Innegra S fibre is well suited in future composite applications, and under the new ownership we envisage a long future for Innegra S applications”
“We are excited to be partnering with Sigmatex. Their wide range of reinforcement options, knowledge of high performance fibres, and market knowledge bodes well for the future of Innegra S in the global composite industry" stated Jeff Ettin, Director of Sales & Marketing for Innegra.
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