During the event, ended with the Emirates Team New Zealand retaining the ambitious prize, the Selcom team was excited as if they had been sailing too.
The Italian company in fact manufactured most part of the carbon-fibre multiaxials for the components that were installed in all the racing boats.
Based in Italy near Venice, Selcom specialises in the production of bespoke technical reinforcements utilizing carbon, glass, aramid and natural fibres.
The continuous search for innovation and the experience gained in 30 years of activity in the world of composite materials shall ensure that Selcom is associated with the quality of the fabrics produced to serve the marine, the automotive, the sporting goods and the infrastructure sectors.
Luca Favero – COO of Selcom – explains: “The core values of Selcom are Customer Care, Quality Service associated with Flexibility and Reliability. Making high-quality products to match customers’ needs are values transversally shared by the whole team that works proactively to make this happen.”
A challenging project
“For this project, we analysed the technical requirement and, deviating from standard production, we have then defined a product strongly influenced by racing cars applications.” says Alberto Pizzol – Selcom’s Technical Sales Engineer who has followed the product development.
“The tight deadlines and the peculiarity of the fabric manufacturing were the real challenge. We are proud we could take part of the project for it confirms that our efforts are recognized and appreciated,” he adds.
Not only technological excellence but also a great passion for the advanced composite materials and applications: “It is a compelling sector that still has much to offer, and we aim at a strong growth in medium to long term” Mauro Pizzol – owner of Selcom – declares. “Despite the pandemic, we succeeded to win important projects and we are witnessing a great market excitement that bodes well for the future.” And he continues: “It is hard to predict what is going to happen in the next months, but it is a compulsory effort for the future: investing today and be ready to seize growth opportunities which are coming, in the post COVID era.
And Selcom has already turned the page and is looking ahead. “Recently, important investments have been done in additional cutting edge technology assets to better meet market demand and leading as well to greater production capacity.
“The end of the Pandemic will change the rules and propose a different way of working. We are ready and we want to be a Key Player in this new game.”
One of the main features of Selcom multiaxial fabrics is the drapeability: the parallel fibre layers are stitched with a texturized polyester yarn and there can be different stitching types, depending on the final application. Our stitching patterns are Tricot, Pillar (Chain) or Pillar-Tricot.
Innovation, sustainability, circular economy are the goals that Selcom will pursue in the coming years.
In the near future, we will be committed to promoting the use of biocompatible fabrics made with natural fibres such as flax, bamboo, cellulose or mineral fibres eg basalt; the latter is already widely used as a reinforcement in the construction industry, as basalt fibres have excellent thermal and sound insulation. They maintain their mechanical properties even at high temperatures and are chemically very stable, both in an acidic and alkaline environment.
Besides, Selcom produces HYBRID reinforcements by combining fibres of different origin (chemical, mineral and/or natural). It is the perfect compromise between resistance, weight, elasticity or stiffness, according to the customers’ requirements.
This year has been very difficult and has pushed many of us to our limits. We hope 2021 will be a year of full optimism and joy. Selcom would like to wish you all a peaceful festive season and a Happy and healthy 2021. We inform the our offices will be closed from 24 December 2020 to 3 January 2021.
Selcom srl – Multiaxial Technology, the leading manufacturer in Italy of engineered textile reinforcements for the advanced composites industry by using the Non-Crimp Fabrics (NCFs) technology, has recently installed a powder binder coating facility as well as a multilayers laminating line.
The entire range of Selcom NCFs made of carbon, glass, aramid, basalt and other fibers can be coated on one or both sides of the reinforcement with a polymer binder up to a maximum width of 2540 mm.
This specific technology is mainly used to stabilize the fibers to prevent them from deformation during handling and cutting and employed in various applications (e.g. preforms in RTM process).
Besides, the system also allows multiple materials to be bonded together (e.g. fabrics to be coupled with other materials like non-woven veils/felts etc.) using also a thermoplastic adhesive.
The versatility of the system with the possibility to use a wide range of polymers having different melting temperatures, viscosities and compatibilities with most of the matrix resins (in particular with epoxy resins) are the reasons why this technology was selected over other systems.
Moreover, the company is also very attentive to issues related to environmental protection. As a matter of fact, it recycles 99% of the processing scraps and 70% of its energy requirement is met by renewable sources.
Selcom is always looking for best textile solutions to gain customer’s satisfaction with innovation and, in long term, contributing to reduce CO2 emissions coupled with the possibility of production costs lowering.
Selcom is a leader in the development and manufacturing of textile reinforcements for Civil Engineering. In particular, the company serves this specific sector with glass/carbon/basalt and hybrid unidirectional, biaxial and multiaxial fabrics creating with the support of its partners a kind of “anti seismic wallpaper”.