Carbon Technology TeXtreme Launched at Taipei
XIAMEN China – Sweden’s Oxeon AB, owner of the newly patented carbon fiber technology TeXtreme, Bauer (Canada) and Xpace (China) entered into a technical partnership. At next week’s Taipei Cycle Xpace will be showcasing the results in its carbon frames and parts.
The partnership followed after the inaugural ‘TeXtreme Days’ exclusive composites forum for TeXtreme users hosted last October by Oxeon AB in Boras, Sweden. Paul Farrell, Executive Director R&D for leading bicycle composites manufacturer, Xpace Industrial (Xiamen, PRC) knew he was onto something ‘big’ during a technical presentation by Adam Gans, Director of Advanced Composite Technology at the Canadian-based company, Bauer Performance Sports Corp, the world’s leading composites hockey stick brand.
Formula 1 teams
“Adam is a true pioneer when it comes to working with Oxeon and their TeXtreme® Spread Tow fabrics. He was there right at the beginning in the mid-2000s along with the Formula 1 teams. He just about wrote the book on their development into sporting goods applications,” says Farrell.
Challenge to convince the bicycle industry
TeXtreme Technology is flexible and tow-size independent which enables development of optimized reinforcement solutions tailor-made for specific application needs. Xpace was already an early licensed user of TeXtreme® Spread Tow carbon fabric for several of their high-end clients, but according to Farrell, it was somewhat of a challenge to convince the bicycle industry of the material’s potential at the onset.
Just the beginning
“We started testing TeXtreme® three years ago and the technical advantages were immediately apparent. However, it wasn’t until about a year ago that TeXtreme® began to specifically target the bike industry and since then, we have seen many of the more tech-savvy brands moving towards the use of composite Spread Tow fabrics. In my opinion, this is really just the beginning.”
The ‘Eureka’ moment came when Gans started talking about other forms of Spread Tow fabrics other than pure carbon. “The Spread Tow weaving process opens up an entire new world of possibilities for combining materials” explains Farrell. “Some of these have enormous potential in the bicycle field, and this is where we’ve been working during the past 6 months”.
Showcasing the results
Xpace will be showcasing the results during the forthcoming Taipei International Cycle Show at Booths N0008+0009. Oxeon will also be present at the Taipei Cycle. Claudio Villalobos, Application Specialist Bicycle, will be available for meetings throughout the show at stand no. S0019.