27 June 2017
27 June 2017
METYX reports the conclusion of a major deal with long-time partner Karl Mayer for the supply of new warp knitting production lines to provide 12,000 tonnes of additional glass and carbon fibre multiaxial fabric capacity.
This will increase production both in Turkey, further expanding its main factory at Manisa, as well as for additional overseas manufacturing facilities as part of a multinational strategic growth plan.
“The recent growth of our technical fabrics division and the successful qualification programmes with key OEM customers globally producing composite wind generator blades has given us the confidence to place this multi-machinery order with Karl Mayer,” states Ugur Üstünel, Managing Partner of METYX Composites.
“We are very happy to be part of METYX Group’s growth and success in the composites industry," comments Karkheinz Liebrandt, CTO, Karl Mayer Technische Textilien. "We cherish our long term cooperation with them, which dates back to 1989, and we look forward to the years to come.”
The wind energy sector is a key market for METYX Group, which in recent years has made major capital investments as part of an ongoing long-term programme of key strategic investments in high-end production facilities for technical textiles and composites-related products to serve this sector and other key composites markets. This latest investment for its Composites Technical Fabrics division is to ensure that the group can continue to meet the needs of its major wind energy OEM customers both globally and locally, ahead of imminent national legislation changes in Turkey regarding the local supply of materials.
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The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) has announced the Phase I completion of a project led by DuPont, partnering with Fibrtec and Purdue University, focused on the creation of a new carbon fibre composite manufacturing process that exhibits improved fabric formability characteristics compared to traditional woven materials.
Powertrains, be they conventional, hybrid or fully electric, will need to be light in weight if carmakers are to meet the stringent regulations on carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) to come into force in 2025 – and composites will be key to making this happen. This was the message highlighted at the Lightweight Composite Solutions Conference organised by Vyncolit and Sumitomo Bakelite Co Ltd and held in Gent, Belgium.
At SAMPE 2018 in Long Beach, Technical Fibre Products (TFP) will exhibit its advanced nonwovens, including the Tecnofire fire protection range, nano-coated materials and coated materials and Optiveil lightweight veils which aid surface finish and composite fabrication.