Case study – Sigmatex
Sigmatex develops and manufactures carbon fibre textiles for composite material applications.
The innovative company supplies woven carbon fibre textiles for the world’s top supercar manufacturers to high performance leisure brands and major aerospace companies. Products that were previously designed and manufactured from metals are now being replaced by carbon fibre.
Carbon fibre textiles are an enabling technology and can open up new ways of designing improved products to achieve higher technical performance through lightweight strength.
Sigmatex’s global headquarters in Runcorn is home to the Lightweighting Centre of Excellence where the firm’s automotive R&D team is based. Key players in the composites industry have been brought together by Sigmatex to work on the Lightweighting Excellence Programme, including Nissan, Bentley and Emerald Automotive.
Breakthrough Aerospace Materials project, known as BAM, is a three year project looking to advance manufacturing techniques and simulation of 3D textiles and to make them commercially available to the aerospace industry. Led by Sigmatex, BAM brings together aerospace companies BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce along with composite companies and universities specialising in 3D woven technology. The expected benefits of the project will include structural lightweighting, with reduced manufacturing and inherent assembly costs.