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Rail Innovation Exhibition 2022

21st March 2022

Composites Evolution will be exhibiting at Rail Innovation Exhibition 2022, a showcase of the best in rail innovation brought to you by the Department for Transport (DfT), Innovate UK, Innovate UK KTN, and the Railway Industry Association (RIA).

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Composites Evolution expands Evopreg® range with unidirectional fibre-reinforced thermoplastic tapes

18th January 2022

Composites Evolution has announced the launch of a new range of unidirectional thermoplastic tapes, to sit alongside its existing line-up of Evopreg® prepregs

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Composites Evolution to showcase high-performance prepregs and new thermoplastic unidirectional tapes at Advanced Engineering

1st November 2021

Chesterfield, UK. Composites Evolution will be exhibiting at the Advanced Engineering 2021 show on 3rd – 4th November highlighting its range of prepreg and introducing a new thermoplastic tape manufacturing capability

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Register now for Advanced Engineering 2021 and visit us on Stand N90

15th October 2021

We’re pleased to announce that Composites Evolution will return to Advanced Engineering this year, highlighting our range of prepreg and introducing a new thermoplastic tape manufacturing capability.

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Watch our recent webinar on thermoplastic tapes

16th September 2021

Interest in fibre-reinforced unidirectional thermoplastic tapes has advanced significantly in recent years due to the advantages they could offer in a variety of current and emerging applications. Thermoplastic tapes can provide outstanding mechanical performance, clean manufacturing processes, low waste and the potential for easier recyclability at end-of-life. Much like traditional thermosets, there are also multiple […]

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Composites Evolution launches new Evopreg® ampliTex™ range of flax-epoxy prepregs with powerRibs™ reinforcement grid for high-performance applications

16th July 2021

Composites Evolution Ltd has teamed up with leading natural fibre reinforcement specialists Bcomp to launch a new range of flax-epoxy prepreg materials, designed to offer enhanced sustainability without compromising on performance. Evopreg® ampliTex™ prepregs combine Composites Evolution’s high-performance Evopreg® epoxy resin systems with Bcomp’s award-winning ampliTex™ flax reinforcements, to deliver a family of materials which […]

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Composites Evolution launches new Evopreg® EPT Tooling Prepreg Systems

24th June 2021

Composites Evolution launches new Evopreg® EPT tooling prepreg systems offering variable cure temperatures, long outlife and high-quality surface finish Composites Evolution continues to expand its product range, with the launch of two new epoxy tooling prepreg systems. Chesterfield, UK. Composites Evolution Ltd has announced the launch of two new epoxy tooling prepregs. The first of […]

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Watch our Sustainable Composites for Motorsport webinar

11th December 2020

In this webinar, we’ll draw upon their extensive experience in the development and production of high-performance composites to explore the benefits on offer from sustainable composites, and highlight current and emerging applications within the motorsport sector.

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ISO 9001:2015 Audit success!

30th November 2020

Composites Evolution are proud to announce that we have passed our 3 year ISO 9001:2015 re-assessment following a thorough auditing process. The renewed certification gives our customers the confidence that our production, R&D, quality and service level procedures are of the highest standard. ISO 9001 is the international standard for a quality management system. With […]

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Don’t miss our upcoming webinar on sustainable composites in motorsport

18th November 2020

In this webinar, Composites Evolution will draw upon their extensive experience in the development and production of high-performance composites to explore the benefits on offer from sustainable composites, and highlight current and emerging applications within the motorsport sector.

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Richard Morgan joins Composites Evolution as Senior Production Operator

13th October 2020

We’re pleased to announce that Composites Evolution has recently expanded its team with the arrival of Richard Morgan as Senior Production Operator. Richard has over 10 years of experience in the manufacturing industry, working in a range of sectors including automotive. Welcome to the team, Richard!

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Tasmin Boam joins Composites Evolution as Development Engineer

8th September 2020

We’re pleased to announce that Composites Evolution has recently expanded its team with the arrival of Tasmin Boam as Development Engineer. Tasmin joins Composites Evolution from Loughborough University where she gained First Class Honours MEng degree in Materials Engineering, achieving the highest mark in her year in the process! During her degree, Tasmin spent time […]

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Evopreg EPC200 component prepregs. Variable temperature cure. Consistent visual quality.

22nd May 2020

Composites Evolution has officially launched its new Evopreg EPC200 variable temperature cure epoxy component prepreg system. Composites Evolution has expanded its popular Evopreg EPC component epoxy range, with the addition of a new variable temperature curing prepreg – allowing moulders to achieve a visual quality surface finish from a variety of processes at a range […]

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Evopreg PFC502 Passes Preliminary Testing to AC 20-135

30th March 2020

We’re pleased to announce that our Evopreg PFC fire-resistant prepregs have recently undergone preliminary testing to AC 20-135 and passed. Evopreg PFC prepregs are based on 100% bio-derived polyfurfuryl alcohol (PFA) resin, and deliver outstanding fire performance with low toxicity, low environmental impact and improved operator safety. AC 20-135 is a Federal Aviation Authority test, […]

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Composites Evolution is fully operational with stock ready for immediate dispatch

25th March 2020

Composites Evolution is fully operational with stock ready for immediate dispatch. We can also provide rapid turnaround times on non-stocked prepreg & specials. We realise these are unprecedented times, but want to reassure you that, in accordance with our safety measures, our staff are available to take your orders. In fact, our production facility is fully operational – stocked […]

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Composites Evolution takes the heat out of moulding with its new 50°C cure epoxy tooling prepreg

27th January 2020

Composites Evolution will officially launch a new 50°C cure epoxy tooling prepreg system at JEC World 2020. Chesterfield, UK. Composites Evolution will add another exciting product to its successful Evopreg EPT tooling epoxy range with the launch of a new 50°C, 12 hour cure tooling prepreg – allowing moulders to create tools with exceptional surface […]

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Composites Evolution launches a range of natural fibre prepregs for motorsport

21st October 2019

Composites Evolution has introduced a range of flax-reinforced epoxy prepregs to meet demand from the motorsport sector. To reduce environmental impact, there is increasing interest across several motorsport series in the use of natural fibre composites for parts such as aerodynamic devices and doors. GT4 has been leading the way with recent models from the […]

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Composites Evolution is 10 years old!

16th July 2019

Doesn’t time fly? 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of Composites Evolution Ltd. The company was founded in 2009 by Gordon Bishop and Brendon Weager, initially to supply our Biotex range of natural fibre yarns and fabrics. The “Twistless Technology” of Biotex allows for much better alignment and impregnation of natural fibres, allowing for significantly improved […]

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Composites Evolution introduces decorative coloured carbon prepregs

16th May 2019

Composites Evolution has introduced a range of carbon-epoxy component prepregs based on fabrics that incorporate coloured metallic fibres. The decorative prepregs, which are available with red, blue or green highlights in a 300 g/m² 2×2 twill carbon fabric, all utilise Composites Evolution’s Evopreg EPC300 resin system that provides high-quality moulded surface finishes. The new prepregs […]

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Award-winning train door features Composites Evolution’s bio-resin prepreg

1st April 2019

An innovative rail carriage door leaf developed by TRB Lightweight Structures, which was the winner of Composites UK’s Environmental / Sustainability Award for 2018, utilises a bio-resin prepreg supplied by Composites Evolution. The door leaf is a sandwich construction consisting of carbon fibre-reinforced bio-resin facings either side of a 100% recycled polymer foam core. In comparison […]

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Innovative train seat support is JEC Award finalist

18th February 2019

A lightweight rail passenger seat support manufactured from a fire-resistant bio-resin prepreg has been nominated as a finalist in the Land Transportation Category of the 2019 JEC World Awards. The seat support was designed and manufactured by Bercella using materials supplied by Composites Evolution. Extensive testing of the structure was performed by Element Materials Technology. […]

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Bioresin prepreg meets the most stringent HL3 requirements of rail fire standard EN45545-2

5th February 2019

Composites Evolution’s Evopreg PFC502 prepreg has recently completed an extensive series of tests to demonstrate compliance with the Hazard Level 3 (HL3) requirements of rail industry fire standard EN45545-2. HL3 represents the most stringent requirement of EN45545-2, allowing materials to be used on trains that pass through tunnels where no side evacuation is possible, such […]

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Mike Harrison joins Composites Evolution as Prepreg Sales Manager

23rd January 2019

We’re pleased to announce that Composites Evolution has recently expanded its sales team with the arrival of Mike Harrison as Prepreg Sales Manager. Mike has a wealth of experience in the composites sector having worked previously for a number of intermediate materials suppliers serving a wide range of application areas. Working alongside Gareth, his focus […]

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Hybrid tooling prepregs cut composite mould costs

28th November 2018

An innovative hybrid composite tooling system developed by Composites Evolution utilises the benefits of flax fibre reinforcements to reduce the cost of carbon-epoxy mould tools. Currently, when moulding carbon fibre composites in an autoclave, it is common practice to also make the tools from carbon fibre prepregs. This ensures that there are no significant differences […]

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Fire retardant bio-based prepreg used for lightweight train seating support

16th October 2018

Composites Evolution, Bercella and Element Materials Technology (Element) have successfully completed the development and testing of a composite cantilever support for rail passenger seating. The component, which is 1 meter long but weighs less than 5 kg, passed a wide range of tests performed by Element. The evaluation included static loadings, fatigue cycles and fire […]

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Composites Evolution Cuts the Ribbon on new UK Prepreg Manufacturing Facility

9th July 2018

Composites Evolution has now completed the final stage of its move to a new prepreg manufacturing facility in Chesterfield, UK, officially marking the start of the next chapter in the company’s journey as a supplier of innovative composite materials. “This exciting development of our business concludes several years of investment in product development and commercialisation. […]

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Composites Evolution Announces New Prepregging Business at JEC WORLD 2018

28th February 2018

A new look Composites Evolution will be arriving in Paris (6th to the 8th of March 2018) to tell the world about several important changes to the business. Since the inception of the company in 2009, people have known us best for our work advancing the use of bio-derived raw materials but we have also […]

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Composites Evolution joins Composites UK

7th February 2018

Simply put as a fast growing UK based manufacturer and raw materials supplier, why would we not want to be part of our homegrown sector focussed association? So in the late part of 2017, we joined this fast-growing group of like-minded individuals. We look forward to getting more involved with the sub-groups and working parties. […]

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Composites Evolution gains ISO9001:2015 certification

6th February 2018

To start 2018, the Composites Evolution team are pleased to announce their recent certification to the ISO9001:2015 standard. Crispin Jones, Prepreg Business Manager,  who recently joined the team stated ” This formalisation and recognition of our existing internal processes is important is a step in taking us from a niche materials supplier to a mainstream […]

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Carbon/Flax Hybrid Automotive Door on Display at JEC World Featuring Composites Evolution’s Biotex Flax

1st March 2017

A door for a hydrogen powered car, constructed using Composites Evolution’s Biotex Flax, will be on display in the Auto Planet at JEC World, Paris, France, on the 14th – 16th March, 2017. The door panel, developed by NetComposites, KS Composites and Riversimple for the Rasa hydrogen fuel cell car, has been built using a […]

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Carbon/Flax Hybrid Structures Show Improved Vibration Damping and Impact Behaviour

15th February 2016

A UK-based consortium has developed carbon/flax hybrid structures with lower cost, higher vibration damping and improved impact behaviour compared to carbon fibre. The CARBIO project, led by Composites Evolution, has produced hybrid composites using layers of flax fibre and carbon fibre which have equal bending stiffness to all-carbon laminates, but with reduced cost, increased shock […]

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Hybrid Carbon-Biocomposite Automotive Structures at bio!CAR 2015

3rd November 2015

Composites Evolution presented  “Hybrid Carbon-Biocomposite Automotive Structures with Reduced Weight, Cost, NVH and Environmental Impact” at the inaugural bio!CAR conference which took place on 24th and 25th September, 2015, alongside Composites Europe at the exhibition centre in Stuttgart, Germany. The conference concentrated on biobased materials for automotive applications and was organised by bioplastics MAGAZINE and nova-Insitute. […]

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Composites Evolution Develops Carbon Flax Hybrid Solutions

3rd November 2015

Composites Evolution has developed a range of carbon flax hybrid materials offering a lower cost alternative to carbon fibre. In addition to reducing overall part cost, the inclusion of flax  improves vibration dampening performance, reduces part weight, and reduces environmental impact compared to carbon fibre alone. The carbon flax hybrids can also create unique and […]

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CARBIO Project Develops Carbon/Flax Hybrid Automotive Roof

3rd November 2015

The CARBIO project has developed a carbon/flax hybrid automotive roof using Composite Evolution’s Biotex Flax material. The project, which involves Jaguar Land Rover, is developing novel carbon/flax hybrid composites to produce automotive structures with reduced weight, cost, environmental impact and improved noise, vibration and harshness (NVH).

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Biotex Flax Used to Strengthen Sustainable Paddle Board for BIC Sport

10th March 2015

BIC Sport has used Biotex Flax to develop the ‘Earth SUP’ range of paddle boards, with sizes from 3m – 4.2m. Founded in 1979 by the Bich family, of BIC Pen fame, BIC Sport grew from the family’s passion for water sports and expertise in manufacturing. BIC has a desire to implement sustainable manufacturing processes […]

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Composites Evolution to Display Ecopreg Products for Mass Transport

3rd March 2015

Composites Evolution will display a range of Ecopreg products designed for the mass transport industry at JEC Europe 2015. Ecopreg Glass/PFA is a sustainable, fire-safe prepreg material that provides a greener alternative to conventional phenolic prepregs. Their key innovation is the use of a 100% bio-based polyfurfuryl alcohol (PFA) resin system. PFA resins have similar […]

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Biotex Flax Used to Improve Impact Performance for Bamboo Bike

25th February 2015

Composites Evolution’s Biotex Flax has been used by Guapa Cycles to improve the impact performance of its ‘Urban One’ Bamboo bicycle. UK-based Guapa Cycles designs and engineers wood composite bicycles by using technology proven to excel in the harsh conditions experienced in surf and snow sports. Whilst researching alternatives to carbon for use in its […]

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Composites Evolution Materials Used in Lightweight Sports Canoe

28th August 2014

Composites Evolution’s Biotex Flax materials have been used successfully by German-based canoe designer Lake Constance in its “Felicity” freestyle canoe. Composites Evolution’s Biotex Flax materials have been used successfully by German-based canoe designer Lake Constance in its “Felicity” freestyle canoe. The Biotex range of natural reinforcements provide a sustainable alternative to high-performance materials such as […]

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Blades for Rooftop Wind Turbine manufactured from Composites Evolution’s Biotex Flax

3rd March 2014

Composites Evolution’s Biotex Flax has been used to manufacture natural fibre reinforced blades for a rooftop wind turbine at the University of Stuttgart. The blades were conceived, designed and manufactured by the SWE (Endowed Chair of Wind Energy) at the University, the team having found that Biotex Flax reinforcement’s unique twistless technology gave them the […]

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Biotex Flax/PLA Materials Used in 100% Biodegradable Furniture

22nd January 2014

Composites Evolution’s Biotex commingled Flax/PLA materials have been chosen by a furniture designer from Sheffield Hallam University to develop novel biodegradable furniture. Roger Bateman, Senior Lecturer in Design at Sheffield Hallam University, spent a year working with student Matt Harding on the BioFurniture project. The project, in collaboration with NetComposites in Chesterfield, started as a […]

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Composites Evolution to Exhibit Ecopreg PFA at Composites Engineering 2013

8th November 2013

Composites Evolution will showcase its Ecopreg PFA biocomposite prepreg at the Composites Engineering show, which takes place on 12-13 November at the NEC Birmingham, UK. The range, which includes both glass/PFA and flax/PFA bioresin prepregs, is based on aligned fabrics, and is the result of over four years’ extensive research and development. PFA (Polyfurfuryl Alcohol) […]

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Composites Evolution to Exhibit Low-Cost Biotex Jute Fabrics at Composites Engineering 2013

14th October 2013

Composites Evolution will showcase its Biotex Jute reinforcement range at the Composites Engineering show, which takes place on 12-13 November at the NEC, Birmingham, UK. The range, initially comprising of plain weave and 2×2 twill in weights from 300-600g/m2, offers the benefits of premium natural fibres such as flax – including a favourable stiffness-to-weight ratio […]

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Composites Evolution to Showcase Recent Material Developments at JEC Europe 2013

21st February 2013

Composites Evolution will be showcasing its latest Biotex flax fibre developments at JEC Europe 2013, 12th – 14th March 2013, at Porte de Versailles, Paris, France (stand B13). Composites Evolution is a supplier of innovative, sustainable materials to the composites industry, including fibre reinforcements, resins and intermediates based on natural, bio-derived, recycled and recyclable feedstocks. […]

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Composites Evolution to Showcase Biocomposite Snowboard at Composites Engineering 2012

23rd October 2012

Composites Evolution will be showcasing the latest application of Biotex flax fibre, a snowboard designed and developed by Magine Snowboards, in the NetComposites Product Display Area at the Composites Engineering Show, 7th – 8th November 2012, on stand 346 at the NEC, Birmingham, UK The snowboard consists of a wooden laminate core, sandwiched between two […]

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Magine Develop Biocomposite Snowboard Using Biotex Flax Fabric

20th March 2012

Magine Snowboards and Skis have developed a biocomposite snowboard using Composites Evolution’s Biotex flax fabric. The novel construction includes a wooden laminate core, sandwiched between two layers of Biotex flax fabric, and a top and bottom plastic layer, all bonded together using an eco-epoxy resin system. Magine, who are based in Newfoundland, Canada, were looking […]

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Biocomposite Canoe to be Showcased at Composites Engineering 2011

2nd November 2011

An all natural composite canoe designed and manufactured in the UK using flax fibre and a linseed oil based resin will be showcased at the upcoming Composites Engineering Show. The canoe has been built by Flaxland and is made from a flax fabric (Biotex Flax 4×4 Hopsack) supplied by Composites Evolution and a UV cured […]

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High Performance Flax/PP Tape Woven Fabric Developed by Oxeon Using Composites Evolution’s Biotex Aligned Tapes

22nd September 2011

Oxeon have carried out trials on Composites Evolution’s Biotex Flax/PP in order to develop a new range of environmentally sustainable, lightweight tape woven fabrics. Oxeon originally contacted Composites Evolution about the project as they were looking for aligned natural fibre-based tapes in order to develop a new range of environmentally sustainable, lightweight tape woven fabrics. […]

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High-Performance Flax/PLA Biocomposites to be Demonstrated at JEC 2011

28th March 2011

Composites Evolution will be displaying their extensive range of Biotex twistless flax materials on stand D76 at JEC 2011, and RocTool will be running live moulding demonstrations of Biotex Flax/PLA high-performance biocomposite throughout the show using their innovative induction heating technologies. Biotex Flax/PLA is a 100% bio-derived and compostable composite with good mechanical performance and […]

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High-Performance Non-Crimp Twistless Flax Fabrics Launched at Composites Europe 2010

10th September 2010

Composites Evolution will be displaying the extended range of Biotex twistless flax materials at Composites Europe 2010, including a new +/- 45° biaxial fabric. The materials use a unique Twistless Technology to provide high levels of performance and processability normally associated with glass reinforced materials. Biotex Commingled Flax/PP, Biotex Commingled Flax/PLA and Biotex Flax yarns, […]

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High-Performance Twistless Flax Materials Launched at Composites Europe

27th October 2009

Biotex launches at Composites Europe, Stand C2/D02 A new family of materials, Biotex Commingled Flax/PP, Biotex Commingled Flax/PLA and Biotex Flax yarns, fabrics and preconsolidated sheets will be launched at Composites Europe in Stuttgart. The materials use a unique Twistless Technology to provide high levels of performance and processability normally associated with glass reinforced materials. […]

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