New single end direct roving optimized for acrylic resins from 3B-the fibreglass company enables acrylic thermoplastic composites

Battice, Belgium, 12 March 2013

3B’s contributing technology recognized in the 

JEC Europe Innovation Awards 2013 - Thermoplastics Category 

Here at JEC Europe, 3B-the fibreglass company introduces a new E-CR glass roving (SE4740) specifically designed and formulated for acrylic resins allowing for the manufacture and production of glass reinforced acrylic thermoplastic composites. 

Eric Debondue, 3B Business Development Leader, “The sizing for the new glass roving was developed in close collaboration with France-based partners Arkema, a world leader in Acrylics and Chomarat a foremost manufacturer of engineered fabrics. The resulting SE4740 roving provides excellent processability in both weaving and knitting procedures and outstanding compatibility with Arkema’s Altuglas® acrylic resin system leading to excellent mechanical properties making it the recognized thermoplastic acrylic compatible roving available globally” 

The new combination of 3B’s optimized SE4740 glass reinforcement and TP resin system is fully compatible with existing equipment and manufacturing processes such as thermoplastic resin transfer moulding (T-RTM) and vacuum assisted resin infusion (VARI) with parts displaying mechanical properties similar to traditional thermoset composites. 

Eric Debondue concludes, “Thermoplastic composites are well positioned against traditional materials in weight sensitive end-use applications in industries such as automotive, mass transit, aerospace and wind. The post-thermoformable nature and their consequent high recyclability make thermoplastic composites a cost efficient and an ideal solution for alternate sustainable and durable solutions.” 

3B together with Arkema, MVC Plasticos, Chomarat and PPE have been presented the JEC Innovation Award in the Thermoplastics Category for an innovative transportation concept using a revolutionary thermoplastic composite resin solution. 

Altuglas® is a registered trademark of Arkema