Fibre Extrusion Technology Ltd, Leeds, UK, has won a £100,000 grant from Innovate UK, the executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy, & Industrial Strategy. This 12-month program came about following a number of requests from FET customers operating in the specialist filtration and advanced composites sectors.
These companies manufacture high value textile materials and require equipment to convert difficult to process polymers into fibers and yarns for use in technically demanding industrial and medical applications. The program of Industrial Research to be undertaken by FET will seek to break through the technological barrier and achieve step-change improvements in the ability of melt blown processes to deal with advanced polymers which have high melt viscosity.
The developed data and know-how will allow FET to demonstrate its capability to achieve performance leaps to users. This in turn will help clients to differentiate their product ranges using enhanced FET technology and custom-built equipment.
Key to all FET’s research programs is its in-house Process Development Laboratory, which allows client trials, proof of concept testing, collaborative research, sampling, and prototyping. Established in 1998, FET is a leading supplier of laboratory and pilot melt spinning systems with installations in more than 30 countries.