With the clamor for green and sustainable materials getting louder in the past years, a chemical research company in South Carolina responds with a recyclable alternative to carbon fiber, Tegris.
Milliken & Company created the thermoplastic composite, reported to also be tougher and cheaper than pure carbon fiber–it does not damage upon impact, and it is cheaper by 10%. Tegris can also be a composite partner for carbon fiber. In an equal stiffness comparison demonstrated by Milliken, the product of a Tegris-carbon fiber sandwich is 18% lighter, 178% stronger, and 55% cheaper than pure carbon.
Tegris is seen to be a valuable material for various industries. It is currently being used as a vehicle protector by the U.S. military, while in the automotive racing industry, it finds itself as being used in Powerstream Industries’ Aero splitter and door panels. Riddell, makers of the lightest shoulder pads in the football world, also makes use of Tegris.
The breakthrough product is also used in Tumi travel baggages, having its very own line called Tegra-Lite. Milliken sees more uses for Tegris in the coming years.
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