CTS’s Exaphen products use a process that extracts phenolic resins from agricultural by-products.
CTS’s Exaphen products use a process that extracts phenolic resins from agricultural by-products.

Housed in the National Composite Center (NCC), Dayton, Ohio, CTS is developing products and processes that support green technologies. CTS can also partner with customers in the design, manufacturing and sales of advanced polymeric and composite materials.

CTS also markets products in North America that have been developed with Italian business partners CimtecLab, SEPMA and VEM.

Phenolic resins and flame retardant additives

CTS is currently working on a brand called Exaphen. Exaphen products use a process that extracts (exa) phenolic (phen) resins from agricultural by-products. Phenolic-type resins have the capability to delay the spread of flames in the event of a fire, and also provide resistance to aggressive environments. CTS offers a series of products based on the phenolic structure derived from cashew nut shells, a by-product of the cashew nut industry.

CTS’s second new product development, Nanofire, uses the nano-size lamellar particles found in natural and synthetic mineral clays as additives to replace heavy metals and other harmful chemicals in flame retardant applications.

Composite gas cylinders

CTS also works with Italian company SEPMA to market lightweight composite-reinforced type IV cylinders for high pressure gas storage, including natural gas for the transportation industry and propellant for unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) and rockets.

SEPMA cylinders are reported to weigh up to 65% less than conventional metal cylinders.

National Composite Center

“We selected Dayton, Ohio, and NCC because of the advantages the region and Center offer,” says Enrico Ferri, CEO of CTS. “Dayton provides easy access to major transportation routes and allows CTS to be strategically positioned near Wright-Patterson AFB, defence facilities, universities and other important organisations committed to the development of advanced materials and products. NCC allows us to source a network made up of scientists, production, manufacturing and business experts able to exchange information and ideas in a nurturing environment. This creates a unique atmosphere for problem solving.”