Formax to open dedicated automotive centre

Carbon fibre composite reinforcement manufacturer Formax is to open a specialist automotive production unit at its Leicestershire headquarters to support higher volume manufacture of lightweight vehicle structures.

The 4600m2 facility will be dedicated to the production of multi-axial carbon fabric that are optimised for the higher throughput necessary for automotive production.

The opening of the facility continues the trend of an advanced materials supply chain being increasingly established in the UK to support the automotive industry's expected increasing demand for lightweight engineering fabrics that are able easily and quickly processed.

The company is also keen to provide some of the best fabrics available to the market, recently launching its aFORM material, a range of specialised ±45° fabrics rated between 150-300gsm. These are specifically aimed to be used to produce Class A surface finishes. In addition, the company launched reFORM, a highly drapeable recycled material produced from carbon fibre waste.

Formax has seen steady growth since its establishment five years ago and currently works closely with a number of Europe's key Tier 1 manufacturers and OEM's.

Justin Cunningham

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