Fibreforce Composites is part of the Exel Composites group, a leading international company specialized in composite technology, with a focus on pultrusion, pull-winding and continuous lamination, with manufacturing facilities in Finland, Germany, Belgium, Austria and the United Kingdom. The company started more than 20 years ago and has customers worldwide, in markets ranging from wind energy to mining, from aerospace to construction. In 2009 Exel Composites PLC had net sales of EUR 70 million and employed 419 personnel.
With a focused R&D effort seen as an essential ingredient for success when working with a customer to produce specialist profiles, this commitment to R&D has resulted in over 80% of the company’s sales being generated by custom shapes manufactured for individual customers. We have been active collaborators in a wide variety of research projects aimed at generating new products for the future. These development efforts have resulted in a number of ‘firsts’ for pultrusion.
Exel Composites UK is an established member of the European Pultrusion Technology Association (EPTA), Network Group for Composites and Construction (NGCC), Composite Bridge Alliance Europe (COBRAE), Northwest Reinforced Plastics Group, British Polymer Training Association, the British Safety Council and Composites UK.
Their role in the project will be in materials advice, material specifications, testing and processing of the selected composite profiles at real scale, with the following tasks:
- Review the current standards for construction from a materials and performance viewpoint and establish how this requirement can be transferred into a pultrusion process.
- Review resin systems and materials to ensure they are suitable for the pultrusion process and the requirements of the standards and the end applications.
- Define the pultruded profiles that will be required to be manufactured in the project and establish the characteristic properties of these.
- Review the mechanical / fire performance / economic requirements of the profiles to be manufactured.
- Review the cure monitoring requirements for the process developments and energy usage.
- Undertake preliminary mechanical testing of component parts to validate against the predicted mechanical properties.
- Manufacture the required pultruded components for the project deliverables.