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Technical Fibre Products (TFP) reports that its lightweight nonwovens play a key part in enhancing the composite fabrication of the next generation of CCM Hockey sticks.
CCM Hockey is one of the largest ice hockey equipment manufacturers in the world, supplying sticks, skates and other hockey equipment to North America’s National Hockey League. The company’s sporting goods have delivered the necessary performance to help create many NHL champions over the last 80 years. The next generation of CCM sticks, featuring TFP veil, are engineered to deliver industry leading performance and strength.
The lightweight glass veil from TFP’s Optiveil range fulfils a number of functions in the advanced composite structure of the sticks. Primarily used for manufacturing efficiency, Optiveil features an even fibre distribution that provides a low tack surface on the uncured parts and a high quality surface finish after moulding. The high porosity of the veil is also said to minimise microporosity. These technical benefits are typical of the Optiveil range, which is designed for use in composites. It is widely used as a surfacing veil and, when incorporated at the surface of the composite consistently delivers a high quality surface finish with microcrack suppression. In addition, when incorporated in either the interlaminar or surface regions, the veil serves as a flow media, reducing porosity, part weight and scrap.
TFP nonwovens are used to enhance composite fabrication and performance in a wide range of advanced sporting goods such as bicycle frames, skis and snowboards, tennis racquets, kayak paddles, archery materials and fishing rods.
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