Basalt fiber opens up a new world of possibilities in automotive part design.
A key goal within the automotive industry is to produce lightweight parts that align with current cost profiles. Glass fiber composites have traditionally provided a reliable solution, but OEMs now are seeking the next level of performance.
Carbon fiber shows great potential, but OEMs struggle with the heavy price tag.
Basalt fiber has emerged as a superior solution that achieves the next level of weight reduction while maintaining current cost profiles.
Basalt’s significant improvement in strength and stiffness leads to substantial weight savings over E-glass fibers.
Basalt is paving the way for new innovation in automotive part design. Reinforcement using basalt fibers can be pure basalt composites, or can be tailor-engineered to add strength, stiffness and impact performance where it is needed most.
EASE OF ADOPTION
Mafic Basalt Fiber products are a drop-in replacement for current glass or carbon fibers. Basalt handles easily, is non-conductive, and integrates smoothly into most production processes configured for glass fiber materials.