06 March 2013
06 March 2013
The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) season got off to a good start for cars using TeXtreme Spread Tow carbon reinforcements by winning the Daytona 500 race and obtaining 4 out of the 5 top positions.
According to Oxeon, the Daytona 500 is regarded as the most important and prestigious race on the NASCAR calendar and this year’s race took place the 24th of February in Daytona Beach, Florida, US. Oxeon claim TeXtreme Spread Tow carbon reinforcements offer a unique kind of composite reinforcement suitable when looking to reduce weight and improve mechanical properties. TeXtreme is currently used by selected teams in NASCAR in applications such as bumpers and hoods.
“In similarity with customers from other racing series and industries the NASCAR teams have been able to take a substantial amount of weight out of the parts by using TeXtreme and it is great to see that it is helping not only F1 teams to win races. In F1 we have experienced as much as 30% of weight savings on their parts using TeXtreme and it will be interesting to see how the progress in NASCAR will be. This is a good start, showing that there is great potential for making even lighter and better cars,” says Andreas Martsman, VP – Marketing & Sales of Oxeon.
Oxeon statistics suggest that NASCAR is second only to the National Football League (NFL) amongst professional sports franchises in terms of television ratings in the United States. Internationally, NASCAR races are broadcast in over 150 countries. It says that TeXtreme has been successfully used in Formula 1 for many years, as well as other racing series such as Le Mans and different European Touring Championships. Other industries where TeXtreme can be found are Aerospace, Marine and Sports & Leisure.
Oxeon will be exhibiting at JEC Europe, Porte de Versailles, Paris, France, next week, at stand number P25.
Ceramicx, Ireland, has completed an 1800 m2 expansion to its production facility, doubling capacity for the manufacture of infrared heating equipment for the composites industry.
Solvay has inaugurated a new centre in Wrexham, UK, for manufacturing structural adhesives and surfacing films for the aerospace market.
Saertex is introducing two new products focusing on fire protection.