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Multi-Axial Fabrics To Open New Production Facility

Multi-Axial Fabrics Inc., Huntington Beach, Calif., is building a factory near San Clemente, Calif., for the high-volume production of its commercial engineered nonwoven composite fabrics. The 25,000-square-foot facility will open in June and will replace the existing factory.

The company's product lines include StructurPly Engineered Thermoplastic Prepreg and Reinforcement Architectures (preforms) and TowStrand Engineered Selective Reinforcements. StructurPly products find their way into such end products as windmill blades, automotive bodies and parts, body and vehicle armor, sporting goods, and sea walls and other infrastructure components. TowStrand reinforcement materials are used in engineered wood products, snowboards and hockey sticks, among other end products.

Multi-Axial will use machinery designed by Century Design Corp., San Diego, to process fibers into a web up to 63 inches wide. Fiber areal weight ranges from 70 to 600 grams per ply. Production speeds of up to 300 inches per minute are possible.

"We make the preform with different fiber areal weights," said Ray Williams, president. "This allows flexibility in designing products with the lightest weight and most efficient composite structure at the very lowest fabrication cost."

The new facility will have an annual conversion capacity of more than 25 million pounds of product made from fibers including aramid, basalt, carbon, E-glass, R-glass, S2-glass, polyvinyl acetate, Vectran® and fiber hybrids. Fiber may be oriented in a uniaxial direction, or the orientation may be a combination of directions, according to the company.

April 2005