A Belgian company producing high performance reinforcement fibers is looking for pre-impregnated composite material producers in order to reach manufacturing agreements. The Belgian company is especially looking for small companies of similar size working in specific applications areas. The partner would then benefit from a high performance innovative and original product demonstrating a lot of interesting mechanical and chemical properties.
A Belgian company has developed an unique process for the production of enhanced volcanic rock filaments with a diameter of less than 10 microns. The process is based on the innovative treatment of the raw material, basalt, which is enriched with various mineral additives to increase and guarantee its original mechanical and chemical properties. The filaments are transformed by the company in conventional roving yarns, twisted yarns or in chopped strands. Products are already sold worlwide. The applications of the product are numerous : it can be easily used in the elaboration of many high tech products, technical textiles or composite minerals. In the processes towards the many possible industrial applications, the production of pre-impregnated (or pre-preg) composite fibers is an important intermediary step between the production of reinforcement fibers and the production of high performance composite material and technical textiles It allows to obtain the basis material, by bonding reinforcement fibers and by example epoxy or polyamide, used for the manufacturing of the final parts or components. Each material is specific depending on the application requirements : its components, the way they are bonded and the process of production. It is therefore of interest for the Belgian company to establish strong relations with producers of pre-preg material designed specifically for families of industrial applications. That would allow the pre-preg producer to benefit from a product having a lot of interesting mechanical and thermical properties and being 100% recyclable. On the other hand, the Belgian producer could adapt its product to the specific requirements of particular applications. Manufacturing agreement are especially targeted in an increasing market.
Innovations and advantages
The volcanic rock filaments produced by the Belgian company have a lot of interesting properties compared to glass fiber, steel fiber, polypropylene and other types of fibers. The main properties can be summed up as follows : - a tensile strength of virgin filaments similar to carbon; - significantly greater elongation at break than carbon; -a better resistance in alkaline and acid solution than carbon or glass fibers; - a better resistance at high or very low temperature than glass or aramid fibers; - an impact resistance similar to aramids; - a better elasticity than glass fiber; - no galvanic or dissimilar metal corrosion particularly in the high-moisture environment of aerospace; - a density similar to glass fiber; - 100% recyclable as per existing European regulations.
Market application codes
08001009 Speciality/performance materials: producers and fabricators
Area of partner's activity
Type of partner : Industrial SME producing pre-impregnated composite material Role of partner : through manufacturing agreement, the partner will be equipped for industrial use of high performance reinforcement fibers as component of composite material designed for specific applications or sector of applications