According to 3B, up until now continuous filament mats (CFMs) for use with vinyl ester, unsaturated polyester, epoxy and polyurethane resins have been marred by a yellow tint, making it difficult for processors to achieve the exact colour desired for the application. 3B’s new CFM pultrusion mats offer a balance of surface appearance – colour, gloss and conformability – together with high strength.

“Processors in the pultrusion market have been under pressure by end users to be able to make parts that have the highest levels of performance combined with a good surface appearance without costly and labour intensive finishing treatments; at the same time they also want a mat that allows them to run their processes more effectively,” says Bertrand Roekens, leader of 3B Science and Technology Department. “Our new products offer a perfect balance between performance, processing and appearance.”

The new 3B pultrusion mats are tailored to meet both rigidity and conformability requirements. CM6065 is for applications that require excellent consistency and high efficiency. CM6060 is designed for complex shapes that demand greater conformability while still providing consistency and efficiency.

3B is a supplier of fibreglass products and technologies for the reinforcement of thermoplastics and thermosets. The company has two fibreglass manufacturing facilities in Battice, Belgium, and Birkeland, Norway,  formerly owned by Owens Corning. 3B is owned by Platinum Equity.