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Carbon fibre for composite material applications

Sports & Leisure

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Improved equipment performance is fundamental to sporting success. Brands are constantly challenging themselves to develop the lightest and sturdiest equipment in order to succeed. Composite materials, more specifically carbon fibre-reinforced materials, are increasingly used because of their unparalleled properties. Sigmatex carbon fibre textiles offer a high strength and stiffness to weight ratio, making them the ideal choice for improved performance in a competitive arena.

Sigmatex has a proven capability in developing carbon fibre for sporting equipment, in line with its ‘Design for Performance’ ethos. Sigmatex carbon fibre strengthens, stiffens and reduces weight. Brands experience a higher damage tolerance when Sigmatex carbon fibre is incorporated into the structure of helmets and other protective equipment.

Applications

Sigmatex manufactures carbon fibre for a wide variety of sports and leisure products, ranging from some of the world’s leading skis and snowboards to canoes, surfboards and racing bikes. Guaranteed high performance is essential in such items, where light weight and durability are required. To ensure equipment is designed to maximise performance, leading sports brands choose Sigmatex for its technical input, resulting in winning products.

Research & Development

Brands exploit the advantages of Sigmatex carbon fibre when designing their sporting products. Sigmatex’s technical department works with customers to design and develop bespoke fabric solutions to meet all quality requirements, specifications and performance criteria. Areas which affect the behaviour of materials, including fibre orientation, crimp, drapeability, thickness and resin permeability, can be tailored to provide optimum performance.

SigmaST

SigmaST was developed with sports and leisure applications in mind. The sigmaST range of spread tow fabrics are very thin, ultra-lightweight, have near zero crimp and fewer interlacing points. Using spread tows instead of yarns means that the fibres are arranged in the straightest possible orientation – meaning their potential is exploited to the full. The woven technique creates a lighter end product with increased mechanical properties, resulting in high performance parts. The use of sigmaST is not limited to the sports and leisure sector, and has been proven to be effective in other industries including automotive and aerospace.

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