As part of a rapid product innovation strategy, Ilium Composites has launched a new-to-market closed mould reinforcement, incorporating an advanced, incorporated polyester surface veil for improved print-through performance, only previously possible with an additional costly surface veil.
Ilium Composites manufacturers closed mould reinforcements using a unique and patented technology in the Kingdom of Bahrain. it explains that the existing standard iSpring range uses a lightweight polyester surface veil for improved aesthetics, without loss of conformability properties. The new ‘SF’ range takes this to a new level by utilising a higher density surface veil, while still allowing good drape and conformability behaviour.
Ilium claims its unique manufacturing capability integrates this surface veil as a multi-functional element of the product, without using any chemical binder,adds the company. This ensures that both the glass reinforcement and the surface veil function as a single, mouldable product with uniform conformability, rather than 2 independent plies with different behavioural characteristics.
According to Ilium, as a result, customers can expect to implement the new reinforcement within their production plant seamlessly. They will instantly improve their product quality, especially in surface finish critical applications, such as automotive panels, mass transport, water slides and architectural mouldings.
Ilium says it expects iSpring SF to set a new global standard in acceptable levels of print-through. Additional benefits shown have proven to help customers remove expensive skin coat layers as well as reduce gelcoat thickness and quality defect re-work.