13 June 2017
13 June 2017
Oxeon reports that developments of its TeXtreme spread tow carbon fibre fabric technology enable it to meet the most challenging visual applications.
“We always work to push our materials and technologies to meet even higher expectations from our customers," says Andreas Martsman, VP – Marketing & Sales of Oxeon. "I am very proud to see our dedication to development work and continuous improvements result in a new standard for visual spread tow fabrics. By using our proprietary spreading and weaving technologies we are able to control splits, gaps, distortion etc. to meet this extreme visual level for these types of material.”
"We already see the value of offering these perfect looking versions of TeXtreme for applications where the visibility is most important," Martsman explains. "For example, a luxury automotive brand from England approved it to a high enough visual standard to be willing to use it in places where drivers and passengers see it all the time, like dashboards and the door linings in their new car.”
TeXtreme Technology is based on using thin flat tapes instead of round yarns, a patented process that the company claims provides unique possibilities for weight savings and performance improvements compared to other carbon fibre materials. In general, TeXtreme is said to reduce weight by 20-30% compared to conventional carbon fibre materials, with maintained or increased levels of stiffness and/or strength.
Novel TeXtreme materials are being used by several major brands in the sporting goods market and in various industrial and advanced aerospace applications.
Photo provided by Oxeon
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