Thermosetting Plastics

Thermosetting plastics - also known colloquially as composites - are two or more constituent materials combined to produce a material for use in moulding applications. Industrial grade polymers and reinforcement materials for high volume low cost production.

Strong and Lightweight 

Pioneered by the Aero industry in the 70's and 80's and adopted by the motorsport and marine industries in the 90's, carbon fibre has been at the forefront of composite technology advancements. Carbon fibre has seen use and demand grow steadily since it was introduced to the market. 

Recently the fast growing automotive markets have been at the forefront of large scale adoption. This is due largely to the fact that tangible ecological and economic benefits are achieved when lightweight construction is implemented on a large scale. Typically optimised carbon fibre parts are 70% lighter than Steel and 30% lighter than Aluminium parts. Composites (CFRP) will play a key role in the light weighting of vehicles due to the easy processability, stable cost and the ever decreasing speed at which the parts can be made. 

Polymer range

Thermo set matrices that are used with carbon fibres are polymers such as; Epoxy, BMI, Vinylester and Phenolic resins. 

ELG Carbon Fibre Ltd. are producing a range of carbon fibre reinforcements such as Carbiso™ M and Carbiso™ CT. This form of chopped long fibre reinforcement is ideal for use in secondary structures, non critical structures and stiffening applications. I.E. tooling, neutral axis laminating and bushings etc.

Benefits

  • High Strength
  • High Modulus
  • Low Density - Therefore weight can be reduced
  • Good Electrical Conductivity - Good for RFI/ EMI shielding
  • Dimensional stability and Low Thermal Expansion
  • Excellent Wear Resistance - Can be used in wear prone applications