The company focussed its attention on thermoset composites such as glass and carbon fibre-reinforced polymers (FRPs). The ability to deliver good strength (similar to or better than steel) at a significantly lower weight is a critical performance attribute of FRPs. Additionally, FRPs can withstand harsh weather, have a long life with minimal maintenance, are corrosion resistant and can be moulded into any shape. Composites are used in a wide range of markets and applications: industrial, railways, renewable energy, defence and aerospace. The market for composites in India is over `30,000 crore and growing rapidly.
RIL expects the newly launched Reliance Composites Solutions (RCS) business to be the No. 1 composites player in India. RCS will develop the full range of capabilities, ranging from composite part design, resin formulation and fibre/fabric to the final part production. RIL will focus on design and specifications driven markets and applications that are critical to India and have the potential to grant better returns.
- Wind mill blades (especially those over 65 metres long) and ancillary parts for the wind energy market
- Parts for railways and metros, which have exacting standards of performance and safety (especially fire retardant)
- Innovative solutions such as carbon wraps to rehabilitate/ refurbish India’s old infrastructure – bridges, buildings (for improved seismic performance) and pipes RIL is investing in India’s first and largest carbon fibre production line with its own technology – to cater to India’s aerospace and defence needs as well as the specialty industrial applications
Moreover, RCS will design and administer low-cost and high-volume products such as modular toilets and homes to support the Swachh Bharat Mission, disaster relief measures and Housing for All programmes initiated by the Indian Government. RIL is building a robust competence around application development, materials engineering and formulation development to support the new as well as the existing polymer businesses.