The Universal Selection Source: Plastics & Elastomers

An innovative composite material has been developed that is thermoformable, impact resistant, lighter than carbon fiber, stronger than most plastics. It also enables short production cycle at lower temperature for cost reduction while being 100% recyclable.

Unique procedure to obtain a light and strong material

From filament to final parts, the material goes through several processes. First weaved into a fabric, the material can then be processed in its final shape.
Two possibilities are offered to processors:

-   Directly thermoform the fabric layers
-   Use a hot pressed to obtain a rigid sheet from the fabric layers and thermoform the sheets


FABRICS PRODUCTION and FABRICS AND SHEET PROCESSING INTO A PART


This material is provided today under fabric form, however under certain conditions or for testing, the producer may consider providing 1 and more-ply pressed rigid sheets.
1 CREATION OF CONJUGATED FILAMENT YARN
Through original drawing process, the highly oriented conjugated filament yarn is obtained:
Creation of conjugated filament Yarn
2 THE FILAMENT YARNS ARE WOVEN INTO FABRIC
WOVEN INTO FABRIC
3 LAYERS OF FABRICS CAN BE SEALED IN RIGID SHEETS BEFORE PROCESSING
Fabric in sealed rigid sheetFabrics, Rigid sheets and molded samples are available

The final parts are obtained after molding either the rigid sheets or the fabric. Lean more about the processing here!



Easy processing to obtain tailor-made parts

The molding to part process can start from either sheets or fabrics. The molding process is as follows:
  • Heating to melt the matrix
  • Shaping
  • Cooling
  • Solidifying

Keys for shorter cycles and energy savings can be achieved by processing at 120°C ~ 140°C (PE type), press at 1-2MPa, and allowing rapid cooling.
The molding process can be adopted from two different ways depending on how you desire the finish of the parts.
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By pre-heating and cold press: mat and textured finish By hot-pressing and cooling: glossy finish
Mat finish Textured finish

Mat parts

Glossy finish

Glossy parts (without film)


Colored fabrics are available (light red, green and grey - more to come!) and you also have the possibility to add patterns!
The aesthetic of the parts can be tailor-made with what you are expecting as you have the choice of paintability and decoration!

textured gold

Painted part


Glossy paint

Part covered with a
decorative film


It is also possible to mold the material over or in between other materials like PE sheets. The final parts is then made of laminated layers with this self-reinforced material on top of it for decoration or inside to bring structural reinforcement

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Case Studies from Self-Reinforced Composite Fabrics

Transportation components design: Get the right lightweight, high strength and recyclable material

The market of transportation components and parts is challenged by the growing requirement for high performance and lightweight elements, driven in large part by regulatory, sustainability pressure and fuel efficiency demands. 


However, the reduced weight should not come with a compromise on other properties like stiffness or processability. Today it exists a wide range of solutions likely to replace metal while insuring an acceptable level of strength. 


One pioneering self-reinforced material proposes a new combination of lightweight and strength, while insuring impact resistance and aesthetic possibilities. It also offers the advantage of complete recyclability.


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