Our reputation at Tufnol is founded upon our enthusiasm for developing and testing ever-new uses for our laminated plastics and composites and our investment in resin based technology.
Development of Tufnol laminates
Since our early years, new base materials have been continuously introduced right up to the present day, to include various grades of paper, cotton cloth, polyester, advanced woven glass fabrics and high performance materials such as carbon fibre and Kevlar. When combined with our own advanced resin formulations, TUFNOL laminates can possess unrivalled properties in a wide variety of applications.
Investment in the newest technologies is crucial to our progress, currently represented by our new co-ordinate measuring machine for the highly accurate measurement of components. This enables us to ‘reverse engineer’ an array of legacy components where drawings no longer exist. Accurate measurements allow us to translate components into a 3D electronic drawing which is then programmed into our latest CNC machine tools
Machined plastics components
Our technical capability combines high performance up-to-date CNC equipment with an unmatched depth of experience in machining laminated plastics and resin bonded materials and other engineering plastics.
Bespoke applications for our customers
Many of our customers are globally recognised names who have stayed with us for the long term. They often come to us with technical issues and bespoke requirements for our engineers to solve, for example:
- Airbus - at a time when Airbus were developing a new aircraft they identified a need for a unique material and came to Tufnol with their requirements. Working to a tight time schedule, our engineers worked to formulate the new material to Airbus’s specification. They created a hybrid from two existing materials which exactly met the technical needs of the application. The newly invented material was utilised in components for the fuel tank of the A400M.