Carver Non-Woven Technologies LLC is the new wholly-owned subsidiary of R3 Composites, Inc., Grabill, Ind., a custom compression molder and compounder of sheet-molding compound (SMC). Headquartered in nearby Fremont, Ind., where significant renovations to an existing plant are nearly complete, Carver Non-Woven Technologies will supply high-quality, multi-material non-woven products to both R3 and the broader North American composites industry, starting this July.
Carver will target thermoset and thermoplastic composite applications in automotive, recreational vehicles, building & construction, and office furniture markets. Unlike other non-woven suppliers, Carver has fully automated its entire production line and will offer a broad combination of single-fiber and hybrid (multi-fiber) mats including E-glass fiberglass, bast-type natural fibers (primarily jute), carbon fiber, and several types of polymer fibers such as nylon and polyester, plus highly homogeneous resonated acrylic/latex binder-resin blends. Moreover, Carver aims to be first to bring carbon fiber non-wovens to market at considerably lower costs than conventional wrap-and-resonate processes. Carver plans to offer these cutting-edge non-woven reinforcements for a broad range of thermoset and thermoplastics composites due to its ability to create sheetstock with low-variance weight (density) with superior dimensional stability and mechanical properties.
Search for nearly 100,000 grades of polymers on the Universal Selector by clicking here
Search for nearly 40,000 additives on the Universal Selector by clicking here