The composites company Hexcel Corp., Stamford, CT/USA, is collaborating with the ski manufacturer Madshus A/S, Biri/Norway, on the engineering of a range of next-generation dry carbon fiber tapes for Madshus’ cross-country racing skies.
Hexcel’s new HiTape dry carbon tapes produce less fuzz in production and meet tight tolerances for aerial weight and width. The company is now delivering nearly 500,000 lm of HiTape per year with strong customer demand forecast to increase volumes in the very near future.
HiTape is a dry UD tape, manufactured with industrial grade fiber with aerial weights from 120 - 250 g/m² and widths between 38 - 47mm. Dry fiber tows are sandwiched between lightweight thermoplastic veils on the upper and lower faces. The lack of fiber splices and cut filaments give a clean product, suited for automated production processes.
Hexcel’s new HiTape Dry Carbon Tapes for Madshus Skis will be on display at the Ispo Munich from January 26-29, 2020 in Munich/Germany.