Advanced marine composites

Tufnol serves an international market in the marine sector.
High resin content components are used across a spectrum of applications from bearings for small leisure craft to ocean going cruisers and work boats.


Tufnol resin based materials
and bearings

Tufnol composites are perfect for many marine applications because the resin-based materials are unaffected by sea water and have a low swell rate. 

Swell rate can be very predictable meaning they can be very precisely designed and the stress accurately calculated. 

The bearings are water-lubricated so there is no need for additional lubrication or ‘environmentally un-friendly’ oils to be used. 

As an example, Tufnol resin based components were used in the stave bearings of the QE2.

Our high resin content components are used in the manufacture of most ocean-going vessels.



Bear Brand
This grade was specifically developed as bearing material for use with water and/or other lubricants. This grade has very low moisture absorption.

Whale Brand
A general purpose grade for mechanical applications.

Epoxy Glass Fabric 10G/24
This grade has the BAE Marine approval – it demonstrates enhanced performance in enclosed environments (good resistance to fire and low/smoke toxicity performance)

Ideal for dry bearing applications.

Benefits of using Tufnol

Heavy duty
Impact resistant
Low moisture
High compressive strength


Products & applications

Super yachts
Sailing boats


Finished products

Tufnol cleats are specially moulded on site and is one of the only providers of cleats made out of composite materials.

Our customers include

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Quality is an integral part of our culture

Our quality systems are routinely subjected to scrutiny by a number of independent inspection authorities and major international companies.


Our capabilities

Tufnol Composites has a large machining facility for the production of finished machined components from the above materials. Tufnol machine shops are equipped with advanced technology and have the capacity to meet a very wide range of customer requirements.

These include

Why Tufnol?

100 Years in business
Fast, efficient service
Top quality materials
On site manufacture

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