Compression Molder R3 Composites Launches Non-Wovens Business for Composites
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.
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