Spread Tow Reinforcements setting a New Standard
Oxeon develops, produces and markets patented Spread Tow carbon reinforcements for achieving superior surface smoothness, significant weight savings, improved mechanical properties and new design possibilities. TeXtreme® is used by manufacturers of advanced aerospace, racing, sports, automotive and industrial products - all having extreme demands on material performance.
As the market leader of Spread Tow Reinforcements, Oxeon aims to become the leading supplier of high-performance composite reinforcements for the advanced composite industry.
Oxeon’s novel Spread Tow, Tape Weaving and Oblique Fabric Technologies together provide flexibility in producing tow count-independent optimized carbon reinforcements that are tailor-made to meet specific application needs.
Oxeon was founded in 2003 after Dr. Nandan Khokar developed the Tape Weaving Technology at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. Together with Fredrik Winberg, Dr. Khokar presented this Technology at Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship in 2002 where, among others, Andreas Martsman (VP- Head of business development) and Henrik Blycker (CEO) studied. They saw an interest and potential in this unique weaving technology from the composites industry, particularly for producing carbon reinforcements for the unique performance benefits it would bring.
Soon after Oxeon was founded, the first order came in. The new carbon fabric was launched as TeXtreme® Spread Tow Fabrics to the market in 2004. In 2006 Oxeon initiated the sales of TeXtreme® Spread Tow Tapes.
Oxeon’s road to success has been full of challenges. Initially Oxeon purchased carbon UD tapes to produce its fabrics. However, the lack of suitable tapes that met with the quality requirements, lead Oxeon to develop its own Spread Tow Technology and machines. From such a beginning Oxeon has now grown into a stable, reliable and leading company in the field. For its strong growth Oxeon was recognized as Sweden’s fastest growing company in 2010.
The latest innovation, introduced in 2011, concerns development of a new technology to produce Spread Tow +α /-β fabrics. These patented innovations allow Oxeon to provide a wide range of optimized reinforcement solutions. This technology, called Oblique Fabric Technology, produces continuous-length bias fabric wherein the tapes are placed in +α /-β orientations.
The initial +α/-β Spread Tow carbon fabric offered have the tapes oriented in +45/-45. These +α/-β Spread Tow Fabrics can be advantageously combined with existing 0/90 Spread Tow Fabrics for obtaining directly a multiaxial reinforcement.
Oxeon develops, produces and markets TeXtreme® Spread Tow Reinforcements which are completely new types of composite reinforcements. Oxeon headquarters are located in Borås, Sweden and in 2011 expanded to the US by starting up Oxeon Inc.
TeXtreme® Spread Tow Reinforcements are being increasingly used in applications such as Formula 1, marine, aerospace, golf shafts, ice hockey sticks, surfing boards, and industrial products.
TeXtreme® Spread Tow Fabrics & Tapes combined
We believe in the future of high performance reinforcements. We believe in breakthrough technologies. We believe in making things that work.
"We have used TeXtreme® for both the North and Fanatic brands, and both the Select and the FreeWave TeXtreme boards developed is truly premium boards. TeXtreme® gives the expected weight savings and mechanical performance improvements, and we have used an unbalanced fabric which also gives an extra advantage and differentiation to the product. TeXtreme® has helped us reduce weight on our boards and at the same time give us great results on stiffness, breakage force and flexibility, which contributes to our main goal, to make the best boards”
- Jürgen May, Product Engineering BOARDS & MORE GmbH (FANATIC/ION/NORTH).
"TeXtreme®'s Spread Tow fibers make big differences especially in light-weight projects like solar cars, where great stiffness as well as low weight is required"
- Luuk Akkerman, Head of Production Nuna6 at Nuon Solar Team.
"Based on Fanatic's experience with TeXtreme® collected in the past, we were able to combine ultra light weight with dynamic properties, while displaying the material used in transparent areas. We are extremely happy with the performance and the success on the market to date."
- Jerry Niedermeier, Product Manager at Fanatic Snowboards.