Jushi Group and Gibson Fiberglass have developed a high strength, high modulus fibre reinforcement, aimed at composite applications requiring better corrosion resistance and enhanced physical properties.
ViPro is currently being produced in trial quantities by Jushi/Gibson. “”This innovation is the culmination of several years of development work by our science and technology group,”” according to Joe Peng, President of Jushi USA / Gibson Fiberglass. “”The enhanced physical properties of ViPro will benefit composite applications with higher strength demands such as wind energy, high pressure pipe, and sucker rods. The improved chemical resistance of ViPro will improve the performance of composites used in oil and chemical process equipment as well as high voltage electrical applications””.
“”ViPro will help to advance the use of fibreglass composites when competing with other materials such as wood, aluminum and steel,”” says Hack Wall, Gibson’s Vice President of Technical Support. “”Due to improved strength characteristics and better chemical resistance than traditional E-Glass, ViPro would allow the manufacture of lighter, stronger, laminates with better corrosion performance properties””.
Currently, ViPro is being tested by a select group of customers. “”We expect to fully commercialize ViPro by the first quarter of 2011,”” according to Ron Adams, Vice President of Technical Sales for Gibson. “”We will be working closely with customers to make sure there is a smooth transition to the new ViPro products as they become available””.
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