Fremont, Ind.-based Carver Non-Woven Technologies LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of R3 Composites Inc., reports its new nonwoven manufacturing facility will be fully operational by mid-July. The facility will produce high-quality, single- and multi-material nonwoven products for R3 and the wider North American composites industry. The new 165,000-square-foot facility allows for future growth if demand for the products increases.
The new facility features state-of-the-art technology including the latest developments in fiber opening, blending, carding, cross-lapping, and web drafting, web scanning, and needling equipment as well as a Hyperpunch machine from Germany-based Dilo Group. Carver processes a variety of fiber types including E-glass, bast, jute, carbon, basalt, polyester, nylon, polypropylene, polyethylene and polylactic acid.
“We’re very proud of the amount of flexibility, new technology, and custom-modified equipment this new facility represents,” said Mark Glidden, president, R3 Composites and Carver Non-Woven. “To achieve this level of competence right from the start, our organization has made a substantial $13 million investment. If our products really take off the way we believe they will, then our five-year plan calls for us to make an additional $20-million dollar investment to expand our operations.”