Scott & Fyfe, an employee owned technical textile manufacturer has become a member of the Composites UK trade association. The 150 year old company finalized the plans with Composites UK during the run up to the recent Composites UK event, Supporting Composite Industry Growth in the UK a regional event hosted within the company's Innovation Space earlier this year.

Pushing the boundaries of composite technology

The decision to join was due to a combination of factors including an ambition to play a more active role in shaping the future of composite materials, both within the UK industry and on a global platform. Paul McMullan, Composite Director states that ‘as a company committed to innovation and pushing the boundaries of composite technology we felt it important to be connected to the UK trade association for composites in order to have a positive input into the strategic direction of research and government support to UK SME's within the composite sector.’

Growing the composite business within the textile company

Chief Executive John Lupton explains that the employee owned company fully backed the decision to become a member due to the success and growth of the composite POD within the business. ‘Over the past five years we have seen steady growth in the Composite POD within our business and with exciting new products and partners, we are forecasting a continuance of this growth. Joining Composites UK is a logical development for Scott & Fyfe as we aim to strengthen ties within the critical sectors of Automotive, Mass Transit, Construction, Marine, Oil & Gas and Renewable Energy’. As John explains, the move coincides with the ambitious plans of Scott & Fyfe to develop the composite side of their technical textile business. This growth is expected to be supported through the addition of new products such as the Polyform range containing multiaxial glass reinforcement materials such as Biaxial, Triaxial and Quadaxial non crimp fabrics (NCF) and Polyform CSM, a range of emulsion and powder bonded Chopped Strand Mats (CSM). These products were launched on Stand G171 at the Advanced Engineering Show in Birmingham on November 4th and 5th.

This article appeared in the March/April issue of Reinforced Plastics.

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