Fields of application

As already mentioned, Fibermax Composites PVC foam is used in various applications. Some examples of the most popular fields of application are:

  • Sporting goods: PVC foam is widely used to manufacture sporting goods like windsurf boards, kite boards, wakeboards, skis, racing car parts, beach rackets and many more.
  • Aerospace: The need for high quality requirements, and to decrease life time costs, turned manufacturers’ attention to PVC foam. Using PVC in aircraft construction has environmental impact, because building lighter composites results in less fuel consumption, less energy spent and increased payload. Aircraft interiors, cabin sidewalls, luggage bins, heads and galley ways, crew rest areas, partitions and seat shells are some of the components often manufactured by PVC foam.
  • Transportation: Sandwich technology results in lighter designs which drive at less fuel consumption, higher payloads and positive impact in the environment. PVC foam is applied in structural parts like frames and train fronts, flooring, body side protection strips, dashboard and arm rests. The special fire retardant grades of Fibermax Composites PVC foam is commonly used in many public means of transport as it protects against fire, smoke and toxicity.
  • Marine: When building either a small boat or a luxurious yacht, the keys to success are weight, quality, cost and environmental impact. PVC foam is a lightweight material with superior mechanical properties, consistency and moisture resistance. For these reasons it is commonly used in marine applications (especially hulls, bulkheads, decks, hatches, interior parts e.g. floor, wall.)
  • Subsea: Every application in subsea demands high performance equipment to preserve security, due to the fact that it is a really challenging environment. PVC is suitable for those applications because it is characterized by high strength, low weight and very good buoyancy.
  • Radar and telecommunication industry: Lightweight, high strength, energy efficient, freedom in design, long lasting, are some of PVCs properties utilized by radar and telecommunication industry in manufacturing antennas, radomes, and in antenna tower construction.
  • Wind energy: The need for long lasting and heavier turbine blades directed wind blade manufacturers to core materials and mostly PVC foam. The wind blades became bigger, stronger and stiffer, but are kept in relatively low weight. Consequently, PVC foam has helped to decrease the cost and increase efficiency of wind power installations.