Stewart Group Holdings, a UK manufacturer and supplier of plastic moulded products for technical, packaging, professional catering, gardening and home sectors, has announced that after extensive research and development, it will now offer services for injection-moulded carbon fibre.
The group was recently certified to the ISO/TS16949 standard, positioning the company for future projects with automotive, aeronautical and mechanical design OEMs.
Manufacturing with carbon filled plastics opens up possibilities for several metal-replacement projects, including components with thermal and electrical insulation properties.
Carbon fibre is used extensively in the aerospace, automotive, sports equipment, and medical equipment industries, for its light-weight combined with versatility, strength, impact resistance and durability. The material is 70% lighter than steel and 40% lighter than aluminium, has a high strength to weight ratio and excellent corrosion resistance. It has a low mass and also has the ability to replace complex post-casting assemblies through injection mould tooling design; a significant cost reduction benefit in labour and process.
Stewart Group claims that its carbon-fibre mouldings will be stable, heat resistant and robust. Clients will also reportedly benefit from greater design flexibility.
Jim Metcalf, Technical Sales Manager at Stewart Group Holdings, said: “Our carbon fibre moulding capability improves our offering to all types of businesses, especially automotive and Engineering OEMs. As well as the expertise to manufacture in carbon fibre, Stewart Group Holdings provides full design, FEA and development support.”