PRF Composite Materials is a leading manufacturer and supplier of high-performance materials for the advanced composites industry, with a comprehensive range of products available from stock: prepreg (tooling and component), reinforcements, epoxy resin systems, release agents and kitting services. With over 35 years’ experience supplying the aerospace, motorsport, renewable energy, defence, sports & leisure, medical and marine industries, we are now building on significant recent investment to further develop our prepreg manufacturing capability and extend our range of high quality prepreg systems.
In 2020, we have focussed on strengthening our R&D team and facilities, and innovative product development, which includes our new unidirectional glass prepreg. Available in weights from 150- 600 g/m2 and widths of 300mm and 600mm, our high quality unidirectional glass is now in manufacture on our RP542-4 epoxy prepreg system. Designed as an intermediately toughened system, complimenting both our RP542-1 and highly toughened RP549 systems, RP542-4 is producing excellent results on unidirectional and woven fabrics. Further new developments are to be released later in the year.
Other highlights in our prepreg range include standard cure RP542-1, which produces exceptional aesthetic results for visual quality applications; our highly toughened system, RP549, providing excellent mechanical results and Tg after post curing; and RP570 snap cure, which has a complete processing time of just 4 minutes. In addition, our tooling systems are receiving outstanding customer feedback and provide a range of cure cycles and out life to suit our customers’ manufacturing requirements.
Both our unidirectional and woven prepreg lines are supported by chemists, engineers and technicians with extensive lab facilities. We have a process laboratory to support our manufacturing, as well as our material testing laboratory where we perform thermal and rheology analysis, and mechanical testing. We bring our significant experience working with technical textiles to our manufacturing; working with specialist fibres to meet technical requirements. We also offer short lead times and aim to supply our standard prepreg materials within three weeks.
With our wider range of advanced materials, we provide solutions for manufacturers using hand layup and infusion processing. We offer a comprehensive selection of reinforcements, which includes specialist fibre types and a range of constructions, high performance epoxy resin systems and Qiicote mould release technologies. We support this with a range of consumables and Robuso cutters and shears – which are specifically designed for cutting technical fabrics.
Doing things differently, PRF is passionate about innovation and quality, and is committed to providing a professional and responsive service with technical support. Our focus going forward is to continue to help our customers improve quality, reduce manufacturing time, and achieve benefits in efficiency and cost-effectiveness.