3B-the fibreglass company and WebCore Technologies, LLC of Miamisburg, Ohio-USA announce a strategic collaboration appointing 3B as the exclusive distributor in Europe and Asia of TYCOR® W, WebCore’s innovative fibre-reinforced core material solution for utility scale wind blades. The collaboration will be effective from October 1st, 2010 onwards.
TYCOR® is an innovative core material for composites which combines glass fibres with closed-cell, low density foam in an engineered architecture. The TYCOR® family of core products are used to produce lightweight, high strength sandwich structures in a wide range of markets from wind turbine blades to truck bodies, railcar decks, military shelters, bridge decks, cargo ship floors, temporary mats and runways.
TYCOR® W is the product of choice for the wind energy market. It has been specifically engineered to provide wind turbine blade designers with a targeted selection of core designs to optimize structural performance, weight and cost. It is finding success in GL-approved (Germanischer Lloyd) wind turbine blades as it offers higher specific shear modulus compared with traditional core materials such as balsa wood and PVC foam.
TYCOR® W is ideally suited to both flat and curved geometries with the distinct advantage that it absorbs less resin than foam and balsa cores. TYCOR® W is offered in four standard core products to give blade designers and manufacturers the flexibility to optimize blade designs. WebCore is also able to tailor its products to individual blade and turbine specifications.
Onur Tokgoz, Wind Energy Global Business Leader of 3B, stated; “3B is committed to offer efficient and innovative solutions for the wind energy market. This distribution agreement with WebCore adds a new solution to our existing high quality product portfolio of Advantex® and HiPer-tex™ high performance glass fibres. Furthermore, WebCore produces TYCOR W using an environmentally clean manufacturing method that ensures consistent, reliable, physical and structural performance and processing. This approach is totally aligned with the sustainability vision of 3B.”
Doug Ventura, CEO of WebCore, added; “3B is the optimal partner for WebCore to increase our global presence. 3B shares WebCore’s commitment to delivering quantifiable competitive advantage for our customers through innovative solutions. 3B is highly regarded in the wind energy industry, and their experienced international sales, marketing and technical support teams will accelerate our penetration in the critical markets in Europe and Asia.”
About 3B-the fibreglass company
3B-the fibreglass company is a leading developer and supplier of fibreglass products and technologies for the reinforcement of thermoplastic and thermoset polymers. This dynamic and entrepreneurial company has two state-of-the-art fibreglass manufacturing facilities in Battice, Belgium and Birkeland, Norway as well as a dedicated R&D Centre located in the heart of Europe. 3B’s ambition is to be the thermoplastic reinforcement global leader, the wind energy solution provider and the business development partner for innovative composite applications. This growth agenda builds upon three strategic drivers that are sustainability, technological innovation and a global presence to most effectively service our international customers.
The company operates two unique eco-responsible and high performance glass technologies, Advantex® and HiPer-tex™. These two well established brands combine durability with eco-responsibility and versatility, making them the materials of choice for a wide range of industries. With a sound foundation of unique assets, 3B is committed to design reliable and durable fibreglass solutions available globally.
About WebCore Technologies LLC
WebCore Technologies LLC was established in 1991 as an application research, engineering and development company. The company invented TYCOR®, a fiber reinforced composite core, delivering specially designed composite-based solutions for specific customers’ needs in the transportation, infrastructure and defense industries. WebCore has accumulated significant expertise in the design, development and production of fiber reinforced core and composite sandwich structures. In 2006, the company’s success allowed WebCore to transition from its primary focus of applications development to that of commercial production with a high capacity manufacturer of TYCOR for North America. WebCore began serving the wind blade market in 2008 and in 2010 released in next generation core material solution for wind blades, TYCOR W. For more information, visit www.webcoreonline.com.
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Advantex® is a registered trademark of Owens Corning used under license.
HiPer-tex™ is a trademark of 3B.
TYCOR® W is a registered trademark of WebCore Technologies LLC