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Representing the culmination of two years of substantial development and investment, PRF Composite Materials’ new prepreg line will complete the latest phase in the company’s recent development and will complement their existing range of composite materials.
According to PRF, the new prepreg line will manufacture at its headquarters in Poole, Dorset, UK, and will be operational by the end of May 2013. With a capacity of over 1 million linear metres at 1.5m wide, the new line will be suitable for large quantities as well as small runs of speciality materials for innovative and bespoke applications. The responsive and flexible service will benefit greatly from PRF’s vast experience in fabric development, resulting in unique and technically advanced products.
Extending their current prepreg capabilities, PRF explains that the new service will include both solvent dip (already provided) and hot melt processes with a range of materials, including woven fabrics, UD prepregs, resin films and adhesive films. The extensive lab facilities will be used by a team of dedicated technicians to provide R&D development and resin system formulation in-house and prepreg materials will be produced to a high level of accuracy, using the latest film weight scanning technology.
Technical after-sales support will be available and standard lines will be kept on stock in the large freezer facilities at their headquarters in Poole, ready for immediate despatch and reducing lead times dramatically. Reduced decision-making and development time will also be possible within the independent company.
Managing Director, Robert Burnell comments “In prepreg manufacturing over the last 25 years the focus has been development in resin systems, but very little advances have been made in the development of the reinforcements. We believe that there is far more to be done by using the latest fabric technology in the manufacture of prepreg. This is central to our aims – the best prepreg can only be made from the best raw materials.”
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