FET wins Innovate UK grant for melt spinning R&D project
FET has won a £100,000 grant from Innovate UK, the executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. This 12 month programme came about following a number of requests from FET customers operating in the specialist filtration and advanced composites sectors.
These companies manufacture high value textile materials and require equipment to convert “difficult to process” polymers into fibres and yarns for use in technically demanding industrial and medical applications. The programme of Industrial Research to be undertaken by FET will seek to break through the technological barrier and achieve step-change improvements in the ability of melt blown processes to deal with advanced polymers which have high melt viscosity.
The developed data and know-how will allow FET to demonstrate its capability to achieve performance leaps to users. This in turn will help clients to differentiate their product ranges utilising enhanced FET technology and custom-built equipment.
Techtextil Frankfurt 9 – 12 May 2017
Once again, thank you to the many customers and brand new contacts we met at the recent Techtextil exhibition in Germany. Techtextil is the leading international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens showing the full range of potential uses of textile technologies. This type of event is always an excellent opportunity to meet people face-to-face and Techtextil has once again proved to be the premier exhibition of its kind on the calendar.
For FET, the exhibition was a great success, with three FET-100 systems ordered on the stand and several excellent sales leads. We look forward to continuing our business relationship with all those we met there, as well as with those who could not make it! Like others, we were not totally convinced that the extra day tagged on to the show was necessary, but we thoroughly enjoyed our time at Techtextil nevertheless.
WELCOME to our new website!
It may only be a couple of years since we last updated our website, but things have changed considerably in the world of extrusion technology – for us and for our customers.
Our website is fully mobile friendly and so can be viewed easily on tablets, phones and other mobile devices. With customers in over 30 countries – and rising – we want to make it as easy as possible to find us and hopefully make contact.
We are always pleased to speak to companies with fibre extrusion requirements, no matter how challenging. We look forward to hearing from you!
FET shortlisted for Insider Made in Yorkshire Awards 2017
FET is delighted to have been shortlisted for no less than three awards at the prestigious Made in Yorkshire Awards. This annual event celebrates world-class companies based in Yorkshire & the Humber and the products they are making here and selling across the world. We are nominated under the following categories:
Advanced Manufacturer/ Technology Award
This award is for the company deemed by the judges to have used technology or technical processes to solve a problem or add value to customers. This includes companies in the areas of engineering, electronics, software, computer hardware or telecoms.
The Export Award is for the company deemed by the judges to be the most prolific exporter of products in terms of international presence, export growth and exports as a proportion of sales.
Manufacturer of the Year (under £25m)
This award is for the manufacturing company based in the region, with a latest reported turnover of less than £25m that has demonstrated excellence and quality in its products and services over the last 12 months.
FET to grow apprentice scheme
FET has long been committed to training and excellence in the industry. Our apprentice Jacob Thompson is now well into his second year with us, training in electrical engineering, but at the same time gaining valuable all-round experience and understanding of all related FET technical processes.
Jacob is on day release undertaking his NVQ at college. FET is working in conjunction with training company Kirkdale Industrial Training Services Ltd (KITS) which provides facilities, assistance and supervision for engineering apprentices in their work and general education. This has proved highly successful for Jacob and all parties involved and FET looks forward to developing its apprentice scheme in the near future.
FET installs melt spinning system at UMass
FET has installed the FET-100 Series multifunctional laboratory melt spinning system into one of the world’s most renowned research facilities, The University of Massachusetts. UMass is a five-campus public university system, recognized as a model of excellence for public universities.
Managing Director, Richard Slack explains: “This reflects the collaborative policy FET holds with its clients – in this case UMass Lowell and its Plastics Engineering Department, an internationally recognized leader in plastics engineering education.”
The installation was configured with a bi-component FET-100 Extrusion Module, which is capable of processing a wide range of polymers, coupled to a FET-101 Multifilament drawing and winding system capable of processing a range of multifilament yarns. This will bring to UMass Lowell the capability to fabricate shaped fibres which will provide a step change in functionality compared to traditional fibres and fabrics. The total market for traditional engineered textiles is forecast to reach $84 billion in 2020 and new engineered textiles developed at UMass Lowell could address over 10% of the available market. Researchers at UMass Lowell, including Stephen Johnston and Javier Vera-Sorroche, are exploring properties such as high temperature, high strength, flame retardance, high conductivity, and super omniphobicity.
The inherent flexibility and versatility of the system will allow future adaptations, such as FET-102 Nonwoven or FET-103 Monofilament, depending on future research requirements. This system design appeals to many end-users, not only allowing for upgrade in process capability but also for staged investment.
A successful exhibition for FET at Cinte Techtextil in Shanghai
FET had the pleasure of sharing a large exhibition stand with our partners Chemtax at Cinte Techtextil, China on 12-14 October 2016. Cinte Techtextil is China’s leading biennial technical textiles and nonwoven product trade event and was an excellent opportunity for developing business with customers in China alongside our partners.
In addition, it gave us the chance to meet a number of other international clients at the show, especially those from many thriving Asian countries. Thank you to Chemtax and all the other parties that helped to make this an enjoyable and successful exhibition.
FET-100 Series goes from strength to strength!
Since its launch in 2015, the FET-100 Series has exceeded all our expectations. In 2016 alone, we have taken orders for 8 systems in varying configurations with an order value of over $3 million. These have been, or will be, delivered to customers as far afield as USA, Western Europe, South East Asia, New Zealand, Turkey and Hungary. A primary benefit of FET-100 systems is that they can be specified to be multi-functional, allowing easy and fast conversion between material formats. These systems configure to all combinations of multifilament, monofilament and melt spinning of nonwoven structures for medical device, composites and many other applicati
Major upgrade for FET Laboratory
FET has launched a major upgrade to its Process Development Laboratory facilities. This is part of an ongoing programme of continuous improvement to keep pace with global technological progress in textile and high performance industries.
Managing Director, Richard Slack explains the philosophy behind the upgrade programme. “The laboratory is a vital resource for FET customers to test and find optimum solutions to their specific manufacturing requirements, prior to purchase or commitment to order. Development and testing in the past has included biomedical materials, specialised novel fibres, sustainable and difficult-to-process polymers, where proof of concept is financially essential to ensure a sound investment.”
FET’s customers have the option of developing processes in a secure environment, calling upon the expertise and advice of FET technicians. FET can organise sampling, prototyping, risk elimination, collaborative research and a wide range of evaluation procedures to ensure client objectives are met. Having achieved proof of concept, the client can then specify its requirement and order a bespoke FET pilot or production extrusion line with total confidence of a successful outcome. All client work is undertaken on the basis of strict confidentiality.