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Axiom Materials opens high-temperature composite centre

Feb '20
Murat Arcan. Pic: Axiom Material
Murat Arcan. Pic: Axiom Material
Axiom Materials has set up a new 3500-square-metres facility for the development, analysis, and production of ceramic matrix composite materials. The new centre enhances Axiom Materials’ ceramic matrix composites (CMC) production capabilities in order to support increasing demand for high-temperature composites in aerospace and industrial applications.

This strengths Axiom Materials leadership in the field of CMCs and related high-temperature composite products. The move on the High-Temperature Composite Centre (HTCC) comes not long after Kordsa’s acquisition. The HTCC is slated to include specialised prepreg coaters designed to produce both unidirectional and woven products for high-temperature composite applications. The centre will also house dedicated quality and R and D laboratories with ceramic-capable test equipment, dedicated ISO Class 8 cleanroom for prepreg layup, and autoclave curing and sintering capabilities to produce developmental and certification panels.

The facility is intended to isolate Axiom Materials’ high-temperature prepregs from other products lines, due to the special manufacturing and technical sensitivities of the products.

Murat Arcan, COO, Composites, Construction Reinforcement and Business Development at Kordsa said: "Last year, we had expanded our reinforcement areas and competencies with the acquisition of Fabric Development, Textile Products and Advanced Honeycomb Technologies. The acquisition of Axiom Materials is a major step in our growth strategy as we pursue advanced composite technologies for aerospace as well as next-generation industrial and transportation applications. Axiom Materials reshapes the composite industry with their R and D activities, especially in the area of high-temperature composites. Through these contributions, the company will continue to contribute to the advanced composite technologies for next-generation industrial and transportation applications. With the full support of our composite operations and expertise, there is little doubt about that Axiom will continue to lead the way in oxide-oxide CMC and related products with the High Temperature Composites Centre.”

Johnny Lincoln, president of Axiom Materials, stated: “On behalf of our entire team, I am very excited to announce our High-temperature Composites Centre. This is an important step for us, as we are currently supplying high-temperature composite products on multiple programmes in both aerospace and industrial sectors, and expect meaningful growth in both. While oxide-oxide and related high-temperature composites have traditionally been deployed for specific requirements such as thermal resistance, weight, low creep, low corrosivity, or low dielectric properties, application engineers are now recognising the complete value they provide, including greenhouse gas reduction, improved fuel efficiencies, noise reduction, and resistance to long-term environmental degradation. These values, alongside our cost-down strategies, have created higher demand for our high temperature composite materials. The establishment of this centre shows that we are serious about our commitment to the market’s growth and toward ensuring we have the capacity, test capability, and material and process engineering expertise required to continue to qualify and support future programmes. With our recent alignment with Kordsa, we look forward to working cooperatively to continue to scale the business and push the boundaries of advanced composite material technologies.”

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