Why High Performance Fibers?
HPFs are sought when a combination of extreme material properties is required which cannot be met by existing metal filaments or by carbon, glass, vegetal or mineral fibers. Of the many advanced materials known, only a select few have been made into HPF and, until now, there has been no generic process by which fibers from such materials could be formed. Thus far, the manufacture of a given HPF has required an ad-hoc process and unique technology platform that is usually not appropriate for other materials. Closely associated with these are long development times, unique technical challenges, major capital investments and significant development costs. It has also become clear in recent years that the issues of energy ʻfootprintʼ and waste streams are important, and that HPF manufacturing is typically hugely energy intensive, with significant waste byproducts. All of these issues have inflated costs and held back growth of the HPF industry and industries dependent on it. We are changing the game and making high performance fiber materials available to our customers – quickly, inexpensively, and at scale.