Automotive

With an increasing use of composites in the automotive industry to reduce weight & improve performance, TFP nonwovens can help enable this weight reduction by providing multifunctionality at light weights.

High quality surface finish

Our Optiveil™ materials offer excellent resin uptake, tuneable aesthetic appearance and exceptionally even fibre distribution. These properties make it the ideal candidate for use as a surfacing veil to deliver a high quality, resin rich surface finish to 'Class A' standards. Using Optiveil™ also delivers a weight & cost saving; it reduces both the resin content & amount of paint required as well as reducing or eliminating the need to grind or polish.

As well as aiding production of a high quality surface finish Optiveil™ can impart functionality to a composite structure, imparting properties to the composite including EMI shielding, improved electrical & thermal conductivity, dielectric insulation, corrosion resistance & abrasion resistance.

Optiveil™ & Optimat® are suitable for use in all common composite fabrication systems, from RTM to pre-preg & thermoforming and by carefully selecting binder type we can ensure optimal compatibility with resin systems. 

 

Typical applications

  • Class A surface finish production -  Optiveil™ can provide a high quality, resin rich surface finish without the use of a gel coat. The materials can deliver a weight & cost saving by reducing both the amount of paint or resin content required and the need to grind or polish.
  • EMI shielding of electronics - The  Optiveil™ & Optimat ® metal coated carbon materials provide high levels of EMI shielding, these mats and veils can be tailored to meet the required attenuation values at certain specified frequencies. This technology can be used as it comes or incorporated into a composite and offers a competitive light-weight alternative to traditional shielding options.
  • Substrates for brake & transmission applications - Aramid veils and mats make an excellent substrate for friction products due to their abrasion resistance. This makes them suitable for use as a coating base for automotive brake and transmission systems.

Please contact us with your requirements, we would welcome the opportunity to discuss further our materials and their applications.