Advanced Composites Group (ACG) Ltd (Derby, UK), part of the Composites Division of Umeco plc, announced that it has successfully developed MTM®59, a carbon fibre composite material that is set to benefit the medical sector.
MTM59, 120C curing matrix system, has been combined with a recent development from ACG to provide a high performance composite system in addition to enhanced clarity, which is required for X-ray tables and plates. Composite materials offer high strength, stiffness and low weight, but in the medical world it is their transparency to X-rays that makes these materials so attractive. Surface clarity can, through innovative resin chemistry, translate into through thickness clarity and high definition X-ray images. Presently under trial with a number of European manufacturers, the aim of the MTM59 is to set the standards for the construction of future medical imaging equipment.
Jon Mabbitt, Managing Director of ACG said: " we are constantly exploring new avenues for our innovative new products to service the growing needs of our customers. Until now there has never been a product like MTM59, and we believe it will prove vital to medical equipment manufacturers the world over."
About Advanced Composites Group (ACG)
ACG is a manufacturer of advanced composites materials and components. ACG specialises in the manufacture of high performance composite materials for a diverse range of industries such as motorsport, aerospace, marine, automotive, construction, wind energy and leisure sports. The main focus of the Group's business, which operates through four divisions, is the manufacture of prepregs for components and tooling. ACG has manufacturing operations in the UK in Heanor near Derby, USA in Tulsa and South Africa in Cape Town. It is managed from its head office in Heanor and employs around 450 worldwide of which 260 are in the UK.
About Umeco plc
Umeco is a leading innovator in distribution, supply chain management and repair and overhaul services to the aerospace and defence industries, harnessing new methods for enhancing its customers' performance and profitability. Umeco also has significant manufacturing interests in advanced composite materials for a growing range of applications in its core aerospace and defence markets and in other high performance technology industries such as motorsport, automotive and wind energy. Listed on the London Stock Exchange, Umeco had turnover of £333.9 million in the year to 31 March 2007.