An alliance of composite companies has formed PULLWind, a strategic consortium that enables leading wind blade manufacturers to access a ‘turnkey’ solution for pultruded spar caps.
DowAksa is the most recent and final member to join the group. The Turkey-based carbon fibre manufacturer has an industrial footprint enabling PULLWind’s future clients to build and develop their businesses in relation to the use of carbon fibre for wind turbine blade manufacture.
STRUCTeam, the independent composites engineering consultancy, began the initiative in early 2016, which now comprises of Olin Corporation, the global leader for the supply of epoxy resins, Chongqing International Composite Material Co Ltd (CPIC), a leader in manufacturing glass fibre products, and DowAksa, the supplier of carbon fibre solutions.
OEMs within the wind sector are actively seeking solutions to use pultrusions within turbine blades. However, without adequate supply chain positioning and the relevant technical expertise, it is a challenging technology to implement.
PULLWind offers a unique proposition with an established network of suppliers, specialist engineers and technicians. The consortium delivers a secure supply chain, combined with design and manufacturing guidelines, therefore enabling faster adoption of the technology.
16 November 2018