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Firestone is experimenting with basalt materials

Firestone is a brand that has become synonyms with automotive tires. However, the company has already established affiliates focused on a wide range of industries.

The main activity of Global Basalt Engineering LLC is creation of effective productions on release of continuous basalt fiber (СBF) with technologies of the last generation and composites on the basis of СBF (Basalt Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composites as BFRP).

Firestone Fibers & Textiles is engaged in R&D and manufacturing of unidirectional and multiaxial fabrics used for tires and automotive belts, conveyor belts, roofing materials and inflatable boats, tents, coated fabrics and rubber products such as hoses, air ducts, etc.

The company is ramping up the output of hybrid fabrics and cords for technical and industrial application. Firestone invests heavily in R&D to provide innovative materials with unique properties demanded by customers.

New specialized machinery for cutting, weaving, winding, pilot lines and modern laboratory equipment help the company to hold the leading position in the modern technologies market and produce various hybrid fabrics made of carbon, aramid, nylon, polyester and other components for different applications.

Firestone Fibers & Textiles is currently experimenting with basalt materials and Vectran™ liquid crystal polymers.

Every fiber has a positive and a negative. Whether it is strength, stretch, cost or some other property. Creating a hybrid product requires the ability to take advantage of the positives of one fiber with the positives of a different fiber while offsetting the negatives of both fibers if they were standing alone,

said Marty Luebbers, product development manager, FSFT in his comment to Textile World.

Industries: Automotive and Road Transportation

Technologies: Filament Winding

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