ELG Carbon Fibre will be making their debut appearance at the Advanced Engineering Show 2016 in Birmingham on the 2nd and 3rd November.
The company has recently begun manufacturing a range of nonwoven mats on a new production line which is specifically designed to process recycled carbon fibres. The mats are available in widths up to 2.7m at a wide range of fibre areal weights. The company believes the materials will strongly appeal to OEM’s in the transportation sector seeking cost effective alternatives to virgin carbon fibre for vehicle lightweighting.
The new machine has been custom built to ELG Carbon Fibre’s exacting specifications. Designed and manufactured in the UK, it can produce a variety of nonwoven materials including 100% recycled carbon fibre mats and thermoplastic blends such as carbon fibre mixed with PP, PA, PPS fibres.
The equipment features a flexible, modular based design that allows easy extension of its initial capacity of 250mt/pa to a maximum output of 1000mt/pa within 9-12 months as customer demand increases. It can produce webs ranging from 100gsm-500gsm at widths up to 2.7 metres and, depending on the final mat thickness, roll lengths will range from 30-50 metres.
ELG Carbon Fibre’s Carbiso M and TM product ranges demonstrate excellent drapeability and performance whilst delivering cost effective light weighting and significant environmental benefits compared to virgin carbon fibre. The materials may be used either on their own or with selective use of virgin carbon fibres to provide tailored structural properties.
The Carbiso M mats are ideally suited for closed mould processes and can also be used for the manufacture of intermediate products such as prepregs and sheet moulding compounds for composite manufacturing. The thermoplastic Carbiso TM mats are designed for fast cycle times in press moulding applications.
Visitors to the Advanced Engineering Show are invited to the ELG Carbon Fibre stand (L142) where a sample of the 2.7 metre Carbiso M mat will be on display.