Cygnet Texkimp MD Luke Vardy has been invited to present the company’s thermoplastic capability at the Carbon Fiber conference in Knoxville, TN (19-21 November).

Luke will take to the podium on Wednesday 20th November to discuss the future potential for thermoplastics as a strong, stable, flexible and sustainable source of composite materials for the worldwide market and to share our approach to co-extrusion of carbon fibre using through-die impregnation to produce high-performance thermoplastic composites.

He will reveal the intensive work undertaken at our R&D Centre to develop our thermoplastic capability and make thermoplastic composites accessible to more manufacturers through secure trial programmes.

He will explain how the process has been developed to improve fibre area weight ratios, consistency, repeatability and ergonomics. In doing so, we have created a line that runs at temperatures of up to 450°c and can be used to manufacture composites using high temperature polymers such as PEEK (Poly-ether-ether-ketone) and PEK (Poly-ether-ketone), which can be used to make high-performance parts.

Cygnet Texkimp is a leading technology partner to the international composites market where its fibre processing and converting machinery is used to create high quality composite materials and parts for the automotive, aerospace, energy and industrial sectors. The company is known around the world for its prepreg, filament winding, coating, laminating, slitting machinery, fibre unwinding creels and associated handling and automation technologies.