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Formax Presented Next Generation of Reinforcements at Composites Europe 2013

01 October 2013

Formaxlaunched two new fabric ranges at the show, which took place 17-19 September in Stuttgart, Germany.

The first, A-FORM an advanced range of Class A automotive textiles and secondly, reFORM, a recycled multiaxial reinforcement manufactured entirely from reprocessed carbon.

The company says it has developed several highly specialised fabrics (A-Form), suitable for the production of Class A body panel components, in response to the automotive industry’s increasing demand for superior quality carbon fibre textiles.

Based around +/-45 degree configurations and ranging in weights from 150-300gsm, the company claims these innovative reinforcements minimise cure and processing times, thereby greatly reducing labour and painting costs. Thanks to super fine stitching and a variety of laminated surface veils the undesirable effect of ‘print through’ on finished parts is eliminated.

FORMAX say the creation of a new Recycling Division at its UK headquarters has allowed the company to devote considerable resource into optimising and developinga recycled materials range. reFORM is a new reinforcement manufactured entirely from reprocessed carbon fibre wastage and is engineered for a variety of non-structural and structural applications across a range of industries.

Furthermore FORMAX claims it now has the capability to support customers with specialist Drape Simulation software that enables the optimisation of fabric design. The program predicts how a material will perform and drape during the manufacturing process and highlight areas of difficulty such as creasing and permeability issues.





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