Coventive’s mission is to be one of the world’s leading specialists in composite material technologies.
Through their state-of-the-art knowledge, expertise and capabilities, they aim to develop innovative, commercially-successful composite solutions to help our customers benefit from better materials, processes and business opportunities.
Coventive achieve this through building close working relationships with our customers, seeking to understand their individual business objectives and technical requirements and then translating these needs into workable solutions.
When dealing with Coventive you can expect an approachable, professional, knowledgeable and impartial service that places a high priority on customer satisfaction.
Their multidisciplinary team consists of chemists, physicists, material scientists, mechanical engineers, manufacturing engineers, aerospace engineers and civil engineers. Many staff have doctorates in addition to their degree-level qualifications.
They have been developing and moulding naturally-derived biocomposites for over 5 years and have developed materials for hand lay-up, vacuum infusion and compression moulding. They coordinated the development of enhanced performance flax-based composites, which has resulted in the commercialisation of a new biocomposite material, Biotex. They have also been active in the development of furan-based biocomposites for use in structural, fire-critical applications in sectors such as construction.
In the BioBuild project, Coventive will be responsible for the supply and development of flax and jute twistless yarns, as well as the moulding of these materials with Furan and other resin systems. They will also develop the project website and build the industrial interest group and act as the project coordinator, responsible for technical and administrative coordination.
They work from a dedicated practical development centre in Chesterfield, UK, with facilities and expertise for designing, moulding and testing composite materials and prototypes. The facility includes the following equipment which will be use for the project:
- 150 tonne press, 1200 x 1000 mm, for RTM, compression moulding, stamp forming.
- 300°C programmable hot-air re-circulating vacuum oven
- Range of mechanical and physical testing equipment (tensile, compression & impact testing)
- General workshop equipment for tool-making & modifications